George Mears

Lived in Brighton and worked in Newhaven in the last part of the 19th century.  He was a British ship portraitist, painting shipping scenes off the English South coast.  The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich has nine of his paintings; other works are held in the Folkestone Art Gallery and the Mariner's Museum. The Peabody Museum of Salem has four of his works .George Mears was the official painter to the London to Brighton and South Coast Railway Company, he painted many of their cross channel Paddle and Screw Steamers sailing from Newhaven to Dieppe and other French channel ports. He occasionally painted Yachts.