Edoardo De Martino

Edoardo De Martino or Edoardo Federico De Martino CVO (Meta, 1838 – London, 1912) was an Italian-British painter, mainly active in London as a painter of warships and marine battles

In the 1840s, he studied at the Naval Academy of Naples, where he had contact with Giacinto Gigante (1806-1876) – painter linked to the Posillipo School De Martino acts as an officer of the Italian Navy from 1849 to 1855, and later moved to Montevideo

He was born in Meta di Sorrento He served as an officer in the Italian Navy, but by age thirty, influenced by members of the School of Resina, he turned to painting, first in Naples He gained fame in London, where his depictions of famous British naval victories and ships were highly prized, including by Queen Victoria He painted depictions of the naval battles of Trafalgar, of the Nile, and of Cape San Vincenzo

From Uruguay, Eduardo departed for Brazil in 1868, settling in Rio de Janeiro He travels to Porto Alegre to publicize his works and teaches painting classes for Telles Júnior On the occasion of the Paraguayan War he was entrusted by Dom Pedro II, as an official painter, with the recording of the Brazilian military feats, having witnessed several battles, including that of Humaitá

Presented at the General Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1870 with various works, being awarded the gold medal He was elected a corresponding member of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in 1871 Four years later, he moved to London, where he was appointed an English court painter in 1895 He was a prolix artist, performing throughout his career Considerable amount of landscapes, seascapes and paintings of naval battles

From 1905 onward, he painted also many Italian naval ships He made a number of paintings during his travels, including of the Brazilian coast

He was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1902 Birthday Honours

Edoardo De Martino died in London in 1912

In August 2013, an exhibition by the Association of commercianti del Casale di Meta (NA) in Naples displayed many of his sketches and works

Works:
Canoas em vigília no Chaco Museu Histórico Nacional

Rendição da corveta General Dorrego Museu Histórico Nacional

Naus e fragatas inglesas no ancoradouro Museu Histórico Nacional

Praia de Botafogo Pinacoteca de São Paulo