A British painter, Briscoe was born at Birkenhead in 1873. He attended Shrewsbury School where he held particular interests in painting and drawing. After traveling to America and Japan with his father, he returned home and enrolled in the Slade School of Fine Art where he studied under Professors Henry Tonks and Frederick Brown. He also attended Julian’s Atelier in Paris for 18 months.
Briscoe bought a three ton cutter in 1899 which he used to sail around the Essex coast near his home base, Maldon. His first one-man show which included 35 watercolors took place at the Modern Gallery in Bond Street in 1906. Soon after, he wrote and illustrated a handbook on sailing and created illustrations for the Illustrated London News.
Briscoe was invited to join the crew of the Polish sail- training ship, Lwow in 1922 on a journey from Rotherhithe to Genoa. He taught the cadets sailing terms and sketched every aspect of life on the ship. Upon his return home, he was inspired to etch once more, producing plates of sea sketches. With the help of Harold Dickens, a London publisher, Briscoe printed editions of 75 of his etchings. His name became internationally renowned when his works sold to the New York market. By the 1930s, his work was greatly sought after and an exhibition of marine art in Brussels dedicated an entire room to his work.