British Oil Painting WW2 C Class Destroyer HMS Cavalier By Kenneth Grant
- 1 Fine British Work of Art 20th Century Marine Oil Painting WW2 C Class Destroyer HMS Cavalier By Kenneth Grant.
- Subject front side profile maritime seascape view of the famous WW2 C Class Destroyer Warship HMS Cavalier, your attention is drawn to the rolling choppy seas with sea spraying over the deck, to the left you can see a commercial freight ship being battered by the rough seas. With scattered grey clouds above a blue sky.
- Title verso "HMS Cavalier"
- Such attention to detail to the rigging, portholes & ship structure is exceptional.
- A excellent size being 74cm wide and 54cm high.
- Medium oil on canvas.
- Signed in the bottom corner by the known British artist Kenneth Grant.
- Kenneth Grant is a British Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1934.
In MutualArt’s artist press archive, Kenneth Grant is featured in Syngenta Photography Award exhibition – Review, a piece from British Journal of Photography in March 2015.
- Born the son of a marine engineer in Barking, Essex, in 1934, the young Kenneth developed a passion for aircraft when, at the peak of the second world war, he saw at first hand British and German planes in combat.I witnessed the start of the Battle of Britain when I saw two Hurricanes chasing a German aircraft over our house at Upminster,' he explained.
- Reference sources Mutual art & edp24 allatsea Sheringham artist.
- An exceptional fine example of his work.
- Set in an ornate original gilt frame.
- Circa late 20th century.
- Provenance from a fine art auction label verso.
- HMS Cavalier is a retired C-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by J. Samuel White and Company at East Cowes on 28 March 1943, launched on 7 April 1944, and commissioned on 22 November 1944. She served in World War II and in various commissions in the Far East until she was decommissioned in 1972. After decommissioning she was preserved as a museum ship and currently resides at Chatham Historic Dockyard.
- After commissioning she joined the 6th Destroyer Flotilla, part of the Home Fleet, and took part in a number of operations off Norway. Most notably in February 1945 she was despatched with the destroyers Myngs and Scorpion to reinforce a convoy from the Kola Inlet in Russia, which had suffered attacks from enemy aircraft and U-boats, and had subsequently been scattered by a violent storm. She and the other escorts reformed the convoy, and returned to Britain with the loss of only three of the thirty-four ships. This action earned Cavalier a battle honour.
- Later in 1945 Cavalier was despatched to the Far East, where she provided naval gunfire support during the Battle of Surabaya. In February 1946 she went to Bombay to help quell the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny. After some time in the British Pacific Fleet she was paid off in May 1946 and was placed in reserve at Portsmouth.
- Such a delightful scene to the eye.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of the marine scenery subject matter such elaborate detail.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Front painting surface in excellent order. The frame is in good overall order having only some general wear, scuffs, scratches, chips in places commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
Depth thickness of frame (3.7cm)