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Fred Jay Girling

The Inny River, County Kerry, Ireland

The Painting

A watercolour measuring 13" x 18". Signed Fred Jay Girling. Provenance: sometime with William Rodman & Co., 41 Donegall Place, Belfast (label verso).

About the Artist

Fred Jay Girling (1900-1982), a naval architect, was born in Leicestershire and lived in Wellingborough and Kettering, Northamptonshire. Following the death of his father at Gallipoli during the First World War, the family moved to Belfast where Fred trained in naval architecture with Harland & Wolff. In 1929 he moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to work as a naval architect for the government. He was later posted in Leith as Chief Ship Surveyor for the East Coast of Scotland. He retired in 1965 and was awarded an OBE. In his later years he returned to live in Northamptonshire, in Mears Ashby. He was a self-taught artist and painted mostly watercolours of ships and churches.

The Subject

The Inny River, County Kerry, Ireland.

Fred Jay Girling - The Inny River, County Kerry, Ireland