TSS Statendam, Holland America Line, signed D.T. Gray, oil on board, c1960.
Oil on board, signed by the artist. Dimensions : Frame : 424mm x 347mm x 38mm. Image : 265mm x 200mm. Weight : 1.400kg net. Condition : Good.
TSS Statendam (II), Holland America Line, oil on board, signed by the South African artist D.T. Gray (20th Century).
Dimensions : Frame : 424mm x 347mm x 38mm. Image : 265mm x 200mm.
Condition/Notes: The oil painting on board depicts a retrospective depiction of the TSS Statendam (II), of the Holland America Line, built in 1917 by Harland & Wolff Belfast. She never actually sailed for HAL as she was requisitioned by the British Government during WW1 and was torpedoed and sunk in 1918 when named SS Justicia. She was the second of four ships named Statendam commissioned by HAL. Her successor Statendam (III) was built by H&W Belfast 1921-29 and sailed under HAL 1929-1940 when she was burnt out in May and scrapped in August 1940. They were very similar in design except for variations in the bridge and after upper-deck and lifeboat stowage. This is very similar to the classic oil painting of Statendam (II) 1917 in both aspect and location and may well be based on that painting. The oil painting is in good condition with vibrant colours and captures the surge of the river as she departs Rotterdam. The painting is displayed within a basic green mount with a handwritten title below "Statendam Holland America Line". The painting is faintly signed in the lower rh quarter below the stern of the ship as DT Gray a known South African 20th Century artist who mostly paints South African landscapes. The wooden frame is an attractive recessed style which is typical of this artist's other known paintings and is sturdy and undamaged. The back of the frame is protected by a sheet of plywood secured by panel pins covered with self-adhesive tape. The framer's stamp is marked on the upper quarter. Rings and cord are attached. An attractive and historical painting which may well reveal more information than is currently known.
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