HMS SOUTHAMPTON: China Station, early 1920s

Wood, Frank Watson (1862-1953). Watercolour, signed and dated 1927.

HMS SOUTHAMPTON: China Station, early 1920s

21 x 33 cms (8 x 13 ins)

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After a busy war and a very hairy day at the Battle of Jutland doing sterling work whilst weaving in and out of shall splashes, HMS SOUTHAMPTON spent several years out East as the flagship of the Commander-in Chief, China Station. She is shown here wearing his flag.  The white hull and upperworks with buff funnels and masts which was the livery of ships here and on the East Indies Station makes for a distinctive watercolour of this light cruiser in her final few years. By the time Frank Wood painted and dated her (1927) she had been retired forn several years and the watercolour is almost certainly therefore a retrospective commission.  Its at present undergoing restoration and a clean.