FLOWER CLASS CORVETTE HMS CROCUS IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC, WINTER 1940
(MP209). Commander Eric Tufnell RN (1888-1979). Watercolour signed and inscribed "HMS Crocus Winter 1940"..
Limited Edition: 25 copies worldwide
Standard size: 12 x 8 ins (30.5 x 20 cms) approx although available at sizes to order
Price band(mounted/matted): £90 -110 (Standard size)
The Flower Class corvettes are seldom painted in anything other than a storm force 10 and with good reason: they were small ships battling a vast North Atlantic where the weather in winter especially - was frequently quite appalling! And Tufnell’s watercolour appears to do the scene justice though we are probably looking at nothing more than a mere force 6 or 7 here. The record of service in the Royal Navy of this class of ship and a huge number served with the Royal Canadian Navy too is second to none and too well recounted to need re-telling here: this is a marvellous watercolour that does the elements, the doughty merchantmen and CROCUS full justice.
Provenance: from the private collection of the late Rear Admiral John Templeton-Cotill CB (who served aboard CROCUS in winter 1940 as a Temp Sub Lt RNVR)