HMS Ophir off Portsmouth's Fortifications, The Royal Tour 1901, signed initials C.W.F. (Charles W. Fothergill), dated 1901.
Watercolour on paper, signed, initials C.W.F. by the artist, framed and glazed. Dimensions : Frame : 558mm x 446mm x 20mm. Image : 356mm x 236mm. Weight : Framed : 2.600kg net. Condition : Good.
Watercolour on paper painting "HMS Ophir off Portsmouth's Fortifications with sailing boats in background and crowds on the beach. The Royal Tour 1901." Signed by the artist, Charles W. Fothergill, initials C.W.F., and dated 1901. Oak framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 558mm x 446mm x 20mm. Image : 356mm x 236mm.
Condition/Notes : The watercolour painting depicts ss Ophir of the Orient Steamship Company, renamed HMS Ophir for The Royal Tour of 1901, off Portsmouth's Fortifications with sailing boats in the background and crowds on the beach.
Please see the following link for a photograph of the ship RMS Ophir prior to acquisition by the Royal Navy :
In 1891 the liner was owned by the Orient Steamship Company and carried passengers to and from Australia via Aden and Colombo. In 1901 she was on temporary service as a Royal Yacht HMS Ophir carrying the future King George V and his wife Mary to open the Australian Federal Parliament in Melbourne. She was requisitioned for the War Effort in 1915, returned to her owners in 1918 but never refitted and was broken up in 1922.
The painting is in good condition and there is no sign of foxing or moisture ingress. The study is of great historical interest as The Royal Tour of 1901 lasted from March to November and covered much of the world.
The artist's signature, initials C.W.F., is in the lower rh corner with date 1901. The painting is displayed beneath an original dark gold mount with some toning to the window cut edge in places. The original oak frame is sturdy and in good condition with light wear to the edges. The back of the frame is covered with a wooden backing board in two sections, secured by rusted panel pins and sealed with heavy duty framing paper. The backing paper does not appear to have been fully opened except for the lh edge which has been lifted to view the board beneath. There are two old labels attached, the upper larger one missing about half and stating "With Care .....To The O.......Date July 19. 1......." and below a diamond shaped label with "Griffin & Co. No.2 The Hard Portsea" on an emblem (see images below). (Griffin & Co. No. 2 The Hard, Publishers by Appointment to H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh 1884). Screw-eyes and wire attached.
A very interesting historical painting.
Please note that full details of this voyage can be found in this account by Harry Price :
Price, Harry, The Royal Tour 1901, or the Cruise of H.M.S. Ophir; Being a Lower Deck Account of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York's Voyage Around the British Empire, Webb & Bower, Exeter (1980) ISBN 0-906671-10-8
Please view the images below, including updated images. Please note that since the original listing the frame has been carefully opened and internally examined revealing no further information. Updated images have now been added :
Please note the dark spot above the bow is on the inside of the glazing.
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