H.M.T. Empire Windrush, watercolour on paper, signed G. Kell 53. SOLD 29.12.2013.
Watercolour on paper, signed and dated. Dimensions : Frame : 272mm x 323mm x 13mm. Image : 130mm x 185mm. Weight : 0.620kg net. Condition : Good.
H.M.T. Empire Windrush, watercolour on paper, signed G. Kell and dated 53. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 272mm x 323mm x 13mm. Image : 130mm x 185mm. Weight : 0.620kg net.
Condition/Notes : The watercolour, pen and ink, study of H.M.T. Empire Windrush in Port Said, is in good condition with quite good colour although there are a couple of water stains, one in the top lh corner and another on the lower rh edge above the tower, but these are not particularly noticeable. The ship at this time was operated by the New Zealand Shipping Company on behalf of the government and was on the Southampton, Suez, Colombo and Hong Kong run. She has a very interesting history having been originally built for H.S.D.G. Hamburg in 1931, named Monte Rosa and used as a Nazi party cruise ship, captured by the British in 1945 and renamed Empire Windrush and later used during the Korean war. In 1948 she was used to bring the first Jamaican immigrants to the UK and is often seen in newsreels of this period. Her final voyage commenced in February 1954 when she brought back injured from the Korean war but following a severe engine room fire sank under tow off Cape Caxine on 30th March 1954. The painting is displayed within a grey mount with the New Zealand Shipping Company's house flag below and the title in silver script to the right. The basic wooden frame is in fair condition with card backing sealed with self-adhesive tape. A label is attached with brief bio of the artist and signed in pencil by the artist. Overall, a very interesting and historical painting which will benefit from reframing. Please view the images below :