Ernest Dade was a marine painter.
Dade studied at Juliens in Paris. He painted mainly coastal scenes in Yorkshire, but also imaginary seascapes, e.g. A Wreck. He was the author of Sail and Oar: A Hundred Pictures by E. Dade: A North Sea Sketchbook (London, 1933). He became a member of the New English Art Club in 1887, the year before JW exhibited with the group. Dade also exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, a society which named JW its President in 1886, and with the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, of which JW became President in 1898. Dade showed his work at the Royal Academy from 1887 to 1901, as well as at the Dudley Art Gallery in London and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He had an exhibition at the Dowdeswell Galleries in 1888 entitled Drawings and oil paintings of the Herring Fishers, Whitby.
Dade was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#00631).
Johnson, J., and A. Greutzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; Wood, Christopher, Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, 1971.