VICTORIAN BRITISH IRONCLADS AND OTHER NAVAL VESSELS


Jim Kalafus

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Here is a series of watercolors I picked up back in 1992 while vacationing. They were done in 1871-72 by Admiral Evelyn Le Marchant (1948-1949) during his days as a cadet, and were part of a lot of 26 from which I was able to afford 10. I've spent the last 11 years trying to determine who bought the other 16. I know nothing about the ships he painted, other than the names and that they were (mostly) ironclads. Full sized these are about 12"X 10" and the colors are considerably less lurid- I had to scan them in their frames and then use a color restore program which made them seem a bit too florid. Anyway, scan #1 is of the HMS Minotaur.
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HMS Eurallis. One of the most striking paintings in this lot was of a rigged steam ironclad on beam ends in a storm- I passed on it because technically it was kind of crude, and have spent the last decade trying to find who bought it since it continues to haunt me.
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HMS Duke of Wellington. What also gives me pause from time to time is that the estate was also selling his collection of ship photos (for considerably less than these paintings) and I passed on them, not being a collector at that time.
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