Dominic Serres (1719 – 1793)

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Destruction of the American Fleet at Penobscot Bay, 1779

Dominic Serres, also known as Dominic Serres the Elder, was a French-born painter strongly associated with the English school of painting, and with paintings with a naval or marine theme. Such were his connections with the English art world, that he became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768, and was later briefly (from 1792 until his death) its librarian.


Portsdown Hill, 1778

Born in Auch, Gascony, he was initially expected to train as a priest but instead travelled to Spain and became a ship’s captain, sailing to Cuba. He was taken prisoner by the British navy towards the end of the 1740s and eventually settled in London in about 1758, where it is believed he trained as a painter in Northamptonshire and later in London under Charles Brooking.


Foudroyant and Pégase entering Portsmouth Harbour, 1782

Reflecting his early career, many of his paintings have naval themes. Working for a publisher documenting the events in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), he painted a series of depictions including the capture of Havana (1762). He also painted events in the American War of Independence (1776-1783). In 1780, he was appointed Marine Painter to King George III.


Barrington’s Action at St. Lucia

Serres died in 1793, and was buried at St. Marylebone Old Church. His eldest son John Thomas Serres (1759 – 1825) also became a prolific marine artist. Still wondering about a British painting in your family collection? Contact us…it could be by Dominic Serres.