Oil on canvas.
As quoted by David: ‘I suppose politics should not really come into painting but in this case it does; I am madly patriotic and I wanted to try and paint a picture which represented England when she was a great maritime nation. Anyway, I wanted to paint a battleship, being magnificent and large, so I ‘borrowed’ the model of HMS Queen Elizabeth from the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, painting her as was typical of the period, coming out from Weymouth on an exercise, followed by Her Majesty’s battleships, Revenge and Renown. Being in no way a marine artist, I am nevertheless reasonably happy with the way the scene has turned out and I enjoyed painting the seagulls. I would never claim to be a marine artist and this is my only painting of a truly rough sea. I loved doing it, however, because I wanted to show Britain as a great maritime nation. As I have mentioned, extreme accuracy is imperative in such a subject, and I was lucky to be allowed to use a model from the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich for reference.”
Limited edition prints were produced in 1998.
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