Eduardo Federico de Martino (Italian, 1838-1912) ROYAL INTEREST: The single-funnelled torpedo cruiser H.M.S. Cossack and the three-funnelled cruiser H.M.S. Highflyer of the royal flotilla lying in Port Louis, Mauritius  unframed
Lot 128
Eduardo Federico de Martino
(Italian, 1838-1912)
The single-funnelled torpedo cruiser H.M.S. Cossack and the three-funnelled cruiser H.M.S. Highflyer of the royal flotilla lying in Port Louis, Mauritius unframed
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 14,863) inc. premium

Lot Details
Eduardo Federico de Martino (Italian, 1838-1912)
The single-funnelled torpedo cruiser H.M.S. Cossack and the three-funnelled cruiser H.M.S. Highflyer of the royal flotilla lying in Port Louis, Mauritius
inscribed with title 'Studio Port Luis, Mauricius' (sic) (lower right)
oil on paper laid to board
27.2 x 80.8cm (10 11/16 x 31 13/16in).
unframed

Footnotes

  • This very rare view of Mauritius depicts the single-funnelled torpedo cruiser H.M.S. Cossack and the three-funnelled cruiser H.M.S. Highflyer of the royal flotilla lying in Port Louis, Mauritius, when the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (later King George V and Queen Mary) called there on 5th August 1901 in order to unveil a new statue of Queen Victoria. They had sailed from Australia where they had opened parliament and were on passage home to England.

    It appears that de Martino, who was travelling with the royal couple as official artist, painted this view from H.M.S. Ophir as she arrived at Port Louis, 'en plein air', giving the work a charming immediacy. The present lot is currently the only painting of the visit to Mauritius to have come to light.

    H.M.S. Orphir departed with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on the 8th August. De Martino also recorded the Australian leg of the tour, painting 'The chartered Royal Yacht Ophir disembarking Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in Sydney Harbour on 6th May 1901', Bonhams, 25 March 2009, lot 162, sold for £12,000.

    A book titled 'The web of empire: a diary of the imperial tour of their Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901', with illustrations by de Martino, was published in 1902.

    This was the first ever overseas royal tour.
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