Mixed Media Royal Navy WW1 Ship Iron Duke Class Battleship
- 1 Fine Small British Marine Art Gouache Royal Navy WW1 Ship HMS Benbow Iron Duke Class Battleship.
- Subject marine side profile view of the ship Iron Duke Class battleship named HMS Benbow sailing on relatively calm seas, to the right you can see the Ensign flag, gun turrets & observation tower along with various sailor figures on deck, with beautiful blue sky overhead.
- Medium mixed media gouache, pastel on paper backed with board with a front protective glass cover.
- Signed in black in the bottom corner by the artist J. Ames.
- Circa mid 20th century dated 1945.
- HMS Benbow was the third of four Iron Duke-class battleships of the Royal Navy, the third ship to be named in honour of Admiral John Benbow. Ordered in the 1911 building programme, the ship was laid down at the William Beardmore and Company shipyard in May 1912, was launched in November 1913, and was completed in October 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War.
- The four Iron Dukes were very similar to the preceding King George V class, with an improved secondary battery. She was armed with a main battery of ten 13.5-inch (343 mm) guns and twelve 6 in (152 mm) secondary guns. The ship was capable of a top speed of 21.25 knots (39.36 km/h; 24.45 mph), and had a 12-inch (305 mm) thick armoured belt.
- Benbow served in the Grand Fleet as the flagship of the 4th Battle Squadron during the war. She was present during the largest naval action of the war, the Battle of Jutland on 31 May – 1 June 1916, though she was not heavily engaged.
- She sortied twice more, in August 1916 and April 1918 in attempts to catch the German High Seas Fleet in another major battle, but neither produced any significant action. After the end of the war in 1918, Benbow and the rest of the 4th Squadron were reassigned to the Mediterranean Fleet. There, she took part in operations in the Black Sea in support of White Russians in the Russian Civil War until mid-1920, when the Mediterranean Fleet began supporting Greek forces during the Greco-Turkish War.
- In 1926, Benbow was reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet. She was decommissioned in 1929, placed on the sale list in September 1930, and sold for scrap the following year.
- Reference sources wikipedia, Jutland1916, worldnavalships & military factory.
- Provenance purchased from a private seller
- Such a delightful scene to the eye.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible marine nautical nature of subject matter.
- 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 good overall order. Having some minor foxing staining in places, set in later decorative frame which has general wear commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in inches & centimetres of the frame approximate
Depth thickness of frame (1.5cm)