HMT Empire Clyde, pen,ink and watercolour, signed Gordon T. Kell, 1953. SOLD.
Pen, ink and watercolour painting. Dimensions : Frame : 374mm x 298mm x 13mm. Image : 251mm x 177mm. Weight : 0.400kg net. Framed but no glass. Condition : Good.
HMT Empire Clyde, pen,ink and watercolour drawing, signed by Gordon T. Kell, dated 1953. The painting is also signed by the artist verso on the attached description label.
Dimensions : 374mm x 298mm x 13mm. Image : 251mm x 177mm.
Condition/Notes : The painting is in good condition. The watercolour depicts the HMT Empire Clyde (Hired Military Transport or commonly known as Troopship) dated 1953. This ship was built in 1919 by Wm Beardmore & Co. Ltd., Glasgow for Anchor Line and named Cameronia. Following various periods of service as passenger liner and troopship she was sold to the Ministry of Transport on 21.1.1953 and renamed Empire Clyde. She was scrapped at Newport Mon. March 1958. The artist, Gordon T. Kell served on this and other Troopships during his National Service with the R.A.M.C. 1952-54. The artist's signature is in the lower rh corner dated 1953 and on the descriptive label verso. The painting is displayed beneath a blue lined mount board with the ship's name in gilt lower rh corner. There is some marking in places to the mount board, probably caused by previous damage to the glass which is now missing, but there is no damage to the painting. The plain gilt wooden frame is in quite good condition with some scuffing in places. The back of the frame is covered with a standard manufactured backing board held by clips and covered with adhesive blue tape. The backing board has been distorted but has been kept as the descriptive label attached gives full details of the artist and is signed by the artist. See the images below for full details. The painting will benefit from reframing.