HMS HOOD, 1926
(MP043). Alma Claude Burlton Cull (1880-1931). Watercolour. Signed and dated 1926..
Limited Edition: 250
Standard size: 15.5 x 9.5ins (39.5 x 24cms) approx.
Price Reduced To: £70
HOOD (Captain H.O. Reinold CVO RN) is painted here in 1926 off the west coast of Scotland enroute to Invergordon. Wearing the flag of Rear Admiral Commanding the Battle Cruiser Squadron (Rear Admiral C.T.M. Fuller CB CMG DSO) the painting is of a bright, breezy day with the odd flick of spray over the foc'sle and quarterdeck.
Amongst Cull's array of important patrons was HM King Edward VII who commissioned him to paint several pictures: sadly a bomb on Portsmouth in World War II destroyed Cull's studio and many of his paintings. His few surviving works appear in the Maritime Museum Greenwich, in the Royal Navy's collection and a few are in private hands: their rarity means they are eagerly sought after.
In this painting he has captured the sheer beauty and power of the legendary battle cruiser, for two decades without rival in the world for the combination of sheer size, beauty and strength that she conveyed. Lost in action with BISMARCK on Empire Day 1941 with all but three of her ship's company, HOOD has been painted here by Cull with his usual incomparable skill and technical accuracy.