Watercolour on paper, signed Edwin Galea, framed and glazed. Dimensions : Frame : 489mm x 402mm x 20mm. Image : 350mm x 250mm. Weight : 1.800kg net. Condition : Good.
The End of an Era, watercolour on paper, signed by Edwin Galea, Malta, 1979. Framed and glazed. Dimensions : Frame : 489mm x 402mm 20mm. Image : 350mm x 250mm. The watercolour depicts an historic event, namely H.M.S. London leaving the Grand Harbour on the morning of April 1, 1979, wearing the flag of Rear Admiral O.N.A. Cecil, C.B., the last Commander of the British Forces in Malta. H.M.S. London will be remembered in history as the last R.N. ship to leave Malta when the island ended its role as a Royal Naval Base on March 31, 1979. A limited edition print of this watercolour painting was published in 1979, with a limited edition of 100 prints signed and numbered by the artist.
Condition/Notes : The watercolour is in very good condition. The colour is good depicting a cloudy day for the departure of the last ship. There is fine detail of the Grand Harbour and H.M.S. London. There is no foxing and sign of moisture or damage. The painting is signed in the lower rh corner by the artist in his usual manner with Malta beneath. The lined mount board is in good condition with toning to the window cut edges. The plain wooden frame is sturdy with scuffing to the edges and scratches in places. The back of the frame is covered with a board secured by pins and sealed with gummed tape. There is a label attached with photo of the watercolour and a full description below with the signature of Edwin Galea Malta below. There are a few water stains on the upper part of the label. Screw eyes and wire attached.
Overall, an interesting watercolour depicting a memorable historic event, signed by this famous Maltese artist.
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