Vincenzo d' Esposito (Maltese, 1886-1946) H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth; H.M.S. Courageous, a pair 22 x 34 cm. (8¾ x 13¼ in.) each ((2))

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Lot 107
Vincenzo d' Esposito
(Maltese, 1886-1946)
H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth; H.M.S. Courageous, a pair 22 x 34 cm. (8¾ x 13¼ in.) each

Sold for £ 1,140 (US$ 1,605) inc. premium
Vincenzo d' Esposito (Maltese, 1886-1946)
H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth; H.M.S. Courageous, a pair
both signed 'V. D'Esposito' and inscribed 'Malta'
watercolour and bodycolour
22 x 34 cm. (8¾ x 13¼ in.) each
(2)

Footnotes

  • H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth was the nameship of a class of five battleships ordered in 1912, the first in the Royal Navy to carry 15in. guns and the first big ships in the fleet to be oil-fired. Built at Portsmouth and completed in January 1915, Queen Elizabeth displaced 29,150 tons, measured 646 feet in length and could steam at 24 knots. First sent to the Mediterranean as the flagship there, she returned home in time to be Beatty’s flagship at the end of the War and the surrender of the German Fleet was effected aboard her in November 1918. Radically altered in 1925-27, as depicted in this watercolour, she enjoyed a highly successful career during the Second World War and survived hostilities only to be scrapped in 1948.

    H.M.S. Courageous was laid down on the Tyne in March 1915, launched in February 1916 and completed in November that year to her original design as a battlecruiser. Displacing 22,500 tons and measuring 787 feet in length with a 110 foot beam, she could steam at 30 knots and carried a main armament of 4-15in. guns in addition to a further 18 of 4in. calibre. After service in the second half of the Great War, she was converted into a fleet [aircraft] carrier at Devonport between 1924 and 1928 and thereafter enjoyed a successful peacetime career lasting eleven years. On 17th September 1939, barely two weeks after the outbreak of the Second World War, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U29 with the loss of over 500 lives.
Vincenzo d' Esposito (Maltese, 1886-1946) H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth; H.M.S. Courageous, a pair 22 x 34 cm. (8¾ x 13¼ in.) each ((2))
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