HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH AT SEA -SUNSET
(MP169). Frank Watson Wood (1862-1953). Watercolour signed and dated 1922. Annotated verso "QE at Sea - sunset".
Limited edition: 25 copies worldwide
Standard size: 9.75 x 3.5 ins (25 x 9 cms) approx.
Price band (mounted/matted): £85-95
Either the battleship herself or commissions emanating from her seemed to draw Frank Wood to this ship - he painted her many times it seems, and several are here on this website!
He has dated the watercolour 1922 when she was flagship of Admiral Sir John de Robeck, Bart, GCB GCMG, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet: Flag Captain was Captain Geoffrey Hope DSO. As well as being the name ship of the class of 5 super dreadnoughts QE had had the distinct advantage, in public relations terms, of being the Commander-in-Chief Grand Fleet’s flagship from November 1916-April 1919. The C-in-C was, of course, the media celebrity Admiral Beatty who had become the best known British admiral of the time - by a wide margin! And so QE had received her share of publicity too and together with her sisters WARSPITE, BARHAM, VALIANT and MALAYA, formed the 1st Battle Squadron, Atlantic Fleet in those early post war days. In 1924 they were to transfer to the Mediterranean where QE hoisted the flag of C-in-C Mediterranean.
The battleship is shown here at the apogee of her original incarnation: carrying all the Great War modifications but not yet re-configured by her first reconstruction of 1925-27. Frank Wood accurately shows QE with enlarged masthead control position (foremast), prominent searchlight towers grouped around the after funnel, additional equipment platforms on the mainmast, and flying off platforms rigged on B and X fifteen inch gun turrets. Admiral de Robecks’ Cross of St George flies from the main.
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH does feature prominently throughout this website and other images available of her include MP 002, 028, 045, 046, 050, 054, 088, 120, 136, 137, 162.