DREADNOUGHT BATTLESHIPS IN THEIR LAIR
W L Wyllie (1851-1931). Signed in pencil in original hand W L Wyllie.
Image size: 14 x 4.5 ins (35.5 x 11.4 cms) approx
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This original has been sold and is no longer available.
This small etching is one of Wyllie's rarest and although its hard to place the location opinion seems to suggest that it could be HM Naval Dockyard, Sheerness in Kent. Just right of centre lie two dreadnought battleships one, the left of the two in the etching, being DREADNOUGHT herself wearing what appears to be a full admiral's flag. In the background are several battleships, possibly of the King Edward VII class; and bustling towards us is a steam pinnace of the type that was to be found in abundance in the ships and dockyards of the Royal Navy of the time. I believe that the scene is pre World War 1, probably 1907-1914.