Marine Oil Painting "Windsor Castle" Mail Steamer Ship Signed Dorothy Lightfoot (1909-2002)
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- 1 Fine Art Original British Marine Oil Painting "Windsor Castle" Mail Steamer Tall Ship Signed Dorothy Lightfoot (1909-2002)
- Subject Marine scene of the steam mail tall ship Windsor Castle on choppy high seas.
- "The Windsor Castle', a sailing vessel belonging to Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd built in 1872 for India trade and on maiden voyage to Calcutta in 1872 broke the record for the fastest ever trip.
- In 1873 was switched from the UK to South Africa route and on its first voyage broke the Cape town record. Flag is the house flag of the line. Unhappily the ship had a sad end as it wrecked on Dassen Island off Cape Colony and was unable to be retrieved.
- Signed by the listed artist Dorothy Lightfoot she was a visual artist.
- Dorothy Edith Amelia Lightfoot, was born at Broadstairs, Kent on 5 August 1909, only child of Frederick Lightfoot (12 September 1870-1942), a blind piano tuner, and his wife Edith Emily née Barton (1875-1927), who married in 1908 and who died in 1922, leaving Dorothy to care for her blind father. In 1911, a 1 year old, living at 5 Stanley Place, Broadstairs with her parents, 40 year old Frederick and 35 year old Edith.
- A benefactor, who recognised her drawing talent, enabled her to train at the Central School of Art in London, her teachers included William Roberts (1895-1980), Noel Rooke (1881-1953) and Clarke Hutton (1898-1984).
- In 1939, a commercial artist, living at The Bungalow, Blean, Kent with a companion and contributed to the Second World War effort by supervising groups of Land Army girls after which she moved to Suffolk and worked for the Post Office as a draughtsman and designer.
- At this time, when her painting output was at its height, she held many exhibitions in Ipswich and she later turned to watercolours, taking the landscape and architecture of Suffolk as her inspiration.
- Best known for her oil paintings of Stour barges, and landscapes of Suffolk, her subject matter is reminiscent of the late 18th century, and the style could easily be exemplary of the Norwich School.
- She exhibited in mixed shows at East Kent Art Society; Frinton Galleries, Frinton-on-sea, Essex and solo shows at Northgate Gallery 1973-1975 and Haste Gallery 1976-1980, both in Ipswich.
- In retirement she moved to Chichester where she continued to paint, draw and exhibit until her health failed.
- She died on 26 November 2002, aged 93, she was unmarried.
- This is one of her finer works.
- Circa mid 20th century.
- Set in such a fine gilt frame.
- Oil on board.
- Reference sources: Suffolkartists.
- Such a delightful scene to the eye.
- Provenance bought from a fine antique auction collectors art auction in Woking, Surrey sale, lot 66, on 6th January 2021.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of the subject matter such elaborate detail.
- The brushwork is of highest exceptional quality.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used worn condition.
- Having noticeable foxing staining, some craquelure and loss of paint in places to the painting surface, with noticeable scuffs, wear, old repairs & minor chips to the frame commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in inches & centimetres of the frame approximate
19.29" High (49cm)
23.22" Wide (59cm)
1.57" Depth thickness of frame (4cm)