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Dazzle: Disguise & Disruption in War & Art James Taylor Thursday 01 November 2018

In 1917 Norman Wilkinson (1887-1971), a first-rate painter and poster designer, invented Dazzle painting, also known as Dazzle camouflage.  Thousands of British and Allied ships were painted with vivid and violently contrasting patterns of colour to deter U-boat attacks.  Discover the life and work of Wilkinson and his Dazzle scheme that continues to inspire art, design and fashion, that includes the ‘Dazzling’ of the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop by Sir Peter Blake.

James studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester, and is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions and galleries, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, also lecturer and ships' historian on board cruise ships. Publications include illustrated histories of Marine Painting (1995) and yachting art Yachts on Canvas (1998), The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin’s extraordinary adventure aboard FitzRoy’s famous survey ship (2008), Careless Talk Costs Lives: Fougasse and the Art of Public Information (2010) and Your Country Needs You: the Secret History of the Propaganda Poster (2013). Completed his PhD at the University of Sussex in 2015 on the voyager artist William Westall (1781-1850) who sailed with Commander Matthew Flinders aboard HMS 'Investigator' (1801-1803) the first ship to circumnavigate Australia. James can arrange guided tours of the buildings and artworks of the National Maritime Museum for groups.