Glory Days HMS Queen Elizabeth

Original, Painting | 89 × 50 cm | Framed


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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David Shepherd CBE

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
David Shepherd CBE was a founding father of the wildlife art movement whose work has become synonymous with Africa, wildlife and conservation. Known as ‘The Man who Loved Giants’ for his iconic elephant artwork, for decades his paintings have graced the walls of homes, libraries, exhibitions and public spaces and excite a passion in the viewer much like the emotion he felt during the creation of his work.

David was best loved for his archetypal African scenes portraying dusty waterholes teaming with life, capturing the heat and haze of an African landscape, all of which bring to life the sounds, smells and textures of a continent he called his second home. Beyond wildlife art, David had a prolific painting career which focused on many other topics and subjects. With an equal passion and love for military subjects, steam trains, landscapes and lesser seen portraits, his numerous originals and prints are held by collectors around the world.