George Race was a British folk artist based in Suffolk, England. A 2005 article in Britain’s East Anglian Daily Times described his paintings in the collection of the Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Museum, and explained that Race was among a group of maritime artists known as “pierhead” painters who were patronized by sailors and crewmen:
Of particular interest are works by the local “pierhead” painters, who specialized in portraits of ships for the seamen who crewed them. Typically, the paintings were of a broadside view with the sails set, and although free from formal painting techniques they are exact and generally technically accurate. The pierhead painters worked quickly — so that their prospective clients had not left port before the paintings were finished and sold!
Condition: Each painting generally very good with the usual overall light wear, soiling, craqueleure, abrasions. Frames similar, slightly more wear and abrasions; some age shrinkage cracking of wood.
“Rarely see the light of day.” East Anglian Daily Times. 26 November 2005. Online at www.thepcf.org.uk/media/…/east_anglian_daily_times_nov050002.pdf (1 July 2009).