Destroyer limping back to Gibraltar with damage: 1942

Watercour with gouache. Signed Chris Mayger and dated 1972 lower left.

Destroyer limping back to Gibraltar with damage: 1942

37 x 47 cms (14 1/2 x 18 1/2 ins)

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This original has been sold and is no longer available.

The artist, Chris Mayger (1919 - 1994), whose paintings are very hard to find these days, tells us on the back of this painting that the year is 1942 but the ship in not identified and he has not given her a pendant number.  But she has obviously been in the wars: B mounting's barrel is depressed, the top foremast has been knocked over, there are two shell holes in the hull, one forrard, one aft, and there is substantial iron deck and superstructure damage back aft as a result probably of the shell hole back aft.  Good to see, however, that the Percy Noble galley chimney on her fore funnel appears undamaged!  The top foremast problem could possibly be caused by a very low attacking aircraft or is it, too, shell damage?