Anglo-Chinese School, 19th century A two funnelled British steamer in Chinese waters??????????????
Lot 163
Anglo-Chinese School, 19th century Her Majesty's troopship Orontes in Far Eastern waters, probably bound for
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,224) inc. premium

Lot Details
Anglo-Chinese School, 19th century
Her Majesty's troopship Orontes in Far Eastern waters, probably bound for
bears inscription 'WALTERS' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
45 x 59cm (17 11/16 x 23 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • H.M.S. Orontes was one of a well-known group of troopships ordered in the mid-nineteenth century to assist with the policing of the Empire as it expanded rapidly across the globe. Built by Lairds at Birkenhead to a design by the Controller of the Navy, Orontes was launched on 22nd November 1862 and completed for sea in March the following year. Displacing 4,857 tons and measuring 300 feet in length with a 44 foot beam, she was lightly armed with 3-4pounder guns and, like all her sisters in the trooping trade, she was painted in their distinctive white livery. In thirty years of service, during which she transported countless British troops all over the world, she went most regularly to the West Indies and Southern Africa where she gained the affection of many who sailed in her. Finally worn out by generations of soldiers and their families, she was scrapped in 1893, her most memorable voyage being in 1879 when she brought home to England the body of the Prince Imperial, only son of the exiled Empress Eugenie and heir to the French throne, who had been killed in South Africa in the Zulu War.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the full title for this lot should read 'Her Majesty's troopship Orontes in Far Eastern waters, probably bound for Hong Kong'.
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