Frank Henry Mason RBA RI RSMA (1875-1965)

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Frank Henry Mason RBA RI RSMA (1875-1965) is best known for his maritime, shipping, coastal and harbour paintings. He was also a designer of art deco travel and railway posters in the 1920s and 30s. He was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club.

Born in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, he was self-taught as an artist with no formal art training. His youth was spent as a naval cadet and then as a marine engineer, but by 1895 he had given this up to become a professional painter in Scarborough. He made regular trips to Staithes to meet with the arts community there, and in 1901 became a founder member of the Staithes Art Club. During World War One he was appointed a shipping war artist, then on his return worked in railway poster design, producing iconic images of travel in the interwar years. Mason was elected to the Royal Society of British artists in 1904 and to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1929. He exhibited at the Royal Academy regularly from 1902. His work has been exhibited at the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum.