Charles Edward Dixon (British, 1872-1934) A Naval Review
Lot 134
Charles Edward Dixon (British, 1872-1934) The aircraft carrier H.M.S. Furious surrounded by other ships of the fleet and civilian craft of all kinds enjoying the 'Peace Review' off Southend, 21st – 22nd July 1919
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Charles Edward Dixon (British, 1872-1934)
The aircraft carrier H.M.S. Furious surrounded by other ships of the fleet and civilian craft of all kinds enjoying the 'Peace Review' off Southend, 21st – 22nd July 1919
signed 'Chas Dixon' and dated 1920 (lower right)
oil on canvas
96.5 x 218.4cm (38 x 86in).

Footnotes

  • The aircraft carrier H.M.S. Furious surrounded by other ships of the fleet and civilian craft of all kinds enjoying the 'Peace Review' off Southend, 21st – 22nd July 1919 –


    EXHIBITED:
    Royal Academy, London, 1920 (no.562 Peace Day, Southend, 1919).

    The peace settlement after the end of the Great War – known to history as the Treaty of Versailles – was finally signed on 28th June 1919 and numerous celebrations were held in London and elsewhere to herald this long-awaited event. One of these was the so-called 'Peace Review' of the fleet, but whereas all previous naval reviews had taken place at Spithead, off Portsmouth, that held in July 1919 was staged in the broad waters of the Thames Estuary, off the holiday resort of Southend-on-Sea.

    Although not a 'Royal Review' in the presence of King George V, a nevertheless impressive flotilla of some fifty ships and submarines was gathered under the overall command of Admiral Sir Charles Madden, C. in C. of the Atlantic Fleet. Sailing from several bases, the vessels made their separate ways to the anchorage during the third week of July and were all in place by the 21st. The great ships then lay at anchor for two days, during which vast crowds travelled down from London and thence out onto the waters of the estuary in any craft which could be pressed into service. With the ships 'dressed overall' and the weather perfect, there was a festive feel to the occasion which matched the general euphoria felt by people all over the land after the four recent years of total war.

    Admiral Madden's flagship, the battleship Queen Elizabeth, can be seen on the extreme left of this colourful spectacle although the painting is dominated by the central image of H.M.S. Furious, the best-known and most innovative fleet carrier of the First World War and, arguably, the true genesis of the modern aircraft carrier. Laid down on the Tyne as a 'light battle-cruiser' but extensively modified during building, she was launched in August 1916 and completed in July 1917 with a single massive 18in. gun aft and an aircraft launching platform forward. After several months experience with the Grand Fleet, she was modified again and emerged from her naval dockyard a second time with an additional aircraft landing deck and new hanger aft. Despite her curious hybrid appearance, she performed very valuable service during the last year of the Great War and was sent to the Baltic after the Armistice. Recalled in the summer of 1919 to participate in the 'Peace Review', she was then laid up prior to being massively reconstructed between 1922 and 1925. Thereafter sporting the look of a more conventional aircraft carrier, she was employed throughout the Second World War and survived hostilities only to be scrapped in 1948.
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