Q.S.S. Arkadia, Greek Line, oil on board, signed Pilota and original Greek Line postcard. c1960. SOLD 05.01.2017.
Oil on board, signed Pilota. Dimensions : 505mm x 405mm x 4mm. Weight : 0.580kg net. Condition : Good..
Q.S.S. Arkadia, Greek Line, oil on board, indistinctly signed Pilota lower lh corner. c1960. Also an original Greek Line postcard of the Q.s.s. Arkadia at sea, c1960.
Dimensions : 505mm x 405mm x 4mm.
Condition/Notes : The oil painting on board is in good condition with good colour and no loss of paint or damage.
Indistinctly signed Pilota or similar.
The painting, executed in impasto style, depicts the famous passenger liner Q.S.S. Arkadia under the Greek flag owned by the Greek Line. Arkadia had a long and eventful career. She first entered service as Monarch of Bermuda and served Furness Withy Line from 1931 to 1947 having been requisitioned during the war as a troop carrier. After the war she was gutted by a fire while being refitted for passenger service and was salvaged by the MoT, converted into an emigrant liner, renamed New Australia and operated by Shaw Savill Line from 1947 to 1958. In 1958 she was sold to Greek Line and renamed Arkadia serving the transatlantic route until 1966 when she was withdrawn and sent to scrap in Valencia. The base board is a 20" x 16" Reeves oil sketching board Code 054 coarse grain with the label attached verso. There is wear to the edges of the board and bumps and wear to the corners. It appears that the painting has been previously framed as there is gummed framing tape around the edges and evidence of rusty panel pins on the card below the tape. The painting will benefit from framing. There is a slight vertical bow to the base but this can be corrected by framing. An original Greek Line postcard titled Q.s.s. Arkadia is included with the painting.
Overall, this is an historical painting of a very famous passenger liner.
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