Queen Elizabeth class battleship at speed

Charles Dixon RI (1872-1934). Watercolour signed and dated 1917.

Queen Elizabeth class battleship at speed

16 x 24 cms (6 x 9 1/2 ins) approx

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Another atmospheric First World War scene from the stable of Charles Dixon who painted many simailar watercolours of those busy four years in the North Sea (see this website and sister site, www.maritimeprints.com for similar paintings).  Although untitled by the artist this can only be a QE class battleship piling on speed as she and her consorts steam through a lively sea, bow waves curling high, sterns tucked down with sheets of spray drenching upper decks and volumes of black smoke pouring from funnels as bridges demand more, yet more, speed!  Dixon has captured the scene superbly: the watercolour is undergoing a light clean at present.