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Gordon Hope Grant

Gordon Hope Grant
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Artist’s Work in the Collection

Gordon Grant

Widely acclaimed for his authentic portrayal of naval and marine paintings, watercolors, and etchings, Gordon Hope Grant was born in San Francisco in 1875.  He was educated in Scotland, at the Fife Academy, and later studied at the Heatherly and Lambeth Art School in London.  Returning to San Francisco in 1895, he spent a year working as an illustrator for two local newspapers, the Examiner and the Chronicle.

In 1896 he went to New York City, where he was employed by the World and the Journal.

In 1899, Gordon Grant spent time in South Africa, as an artist-correspondent covering the Boer War for Harper’s Weekly. From 1901 until 1909 he was an illustrator for Puck magazine.  At the age of thirty-two, he joined the Seventh Regiment of the New York National Guard, later serving at the Mexican border (1916).  During WWI, a foot disability prevented him from accompanying his regiment to Europe; instead, he was stationed in Washington, D.C., where he attained the rank of captain.

After the war, Gordon Grant continued his work as an illustrator back in New York. In addition to his activity as an illustrator, Gordon Grant also painted in oil and watercolor and was an accomplished etcher.  His marine subjects, such as the painting Old Ironsides, which hangs in the White House, were renowned for their meticulous attention to detail.  Grant died in New York in 1962.




The Book of Old Ships And Something of their Evolution And Romance, Drawn by Gordon Grant, Text by Henry B. Culver, Garden City Publishing Company, Inc., 1924

Arts of the Great War Collection