Sailing of the Mayflower, 1620 Print
by Frederic S. Briggs
Our Society is truly fortunate to have a longtime member who is a master of watercolor. Frederic S. (“Fritz”) Briggs, has been a professional artist for over 50 years. His watercolor painting, Sailing of the Mayflower, is truly a work of art. For those who are unfamiliar with Fritz’s background, after serving two years as an illustrator for the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Fritz began teaching watercolor at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. In 1968, he was elected to the coveted American Watercolor Society. He is an active member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, where he has twice been president. In 1973, Fritz had the distinction of being elected to the Salmagundl Club in New York. He taught at the historic Hampton Mansion and continues to teach watercolor at the Schuler School. From 1983-1987, Fritz served as the Governor of our Mayflower Society. Over the years, lithograph prints of Fritz’s artwork was available to members for purchase. It had been difficult to duplicate his work using conventional printing techniques. However, with the advent of the high-resolution fine art Giclée printing process, we are now able to more accurately capture the original watercolor art, showing the subtle nuances, delicate essences of shadow and light, and complex glazes of color. These fine art Giclée prints are available in a 16” x 20” size, which fits in a standard-size frame. Each print is personally signed by Fritz. All of the copies offered for sale at the GSMD Congress sold out. However, we will have prints available for purchase at the Compact Day Dinner.