At Bonhams Marine Sale

The Marine Sale
18 Apr 2018
London, Knightsbridge

A collection of warship paintings assembled by Admiral of the Fleet, Louis Alexander Mountbatten, Ist Marquess of Milford Haven (1854-1921), is to be offered at Bonhams Marine Sale in London on Wednesday 18 April. The eleven works by the distinguished English marine painter William Wyllie (1851-1931), have been consigned by Lord Mountbatten's grandson Lord Ivar Mountbatten.

Among the highlights are:

The Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. A dramatic rendering of the largest and best known naval battle of World War I. The immediate outcome was inconclusive, with both sides suffering heavy losses, but it did contribute significantly to the British aim of containing the German surface fleet for the rest of the war. Estimate £5,000-7,000.

The last journey of Victory. Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, on which he died in 1805, ceased operations in 1822 and became a harbour ship. Wyllie's watercolour, shows the ageing vessel being towed into Portsmouth harbour. It was painted in 1922, the year that restoration work started on the ship, following a successful public campaign to save her from decades of neglect. Estimate £5,000-7,000.

'The last of the Blücher'. A powerful depiction of the stricken Imperial German Navy cruiser, sunk with massive loss of life at the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915. The sinking of the Blücher was one of the first British Naval successes of the war. Estimate £1,200-1,800.

Lord Mountbatten enjoyed an illustrious 40-year career in the Royal Navy. On retirement from active service, he was, in 1912, appointed First Sea Lord, a position he held until the outbreak of World War I. He was the maternal grandfather of the Duke of Edinburgh, and his second son, Louis Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, served as First Sea Lord from 1954-1959.

Bonhams specialist in Marine Art, Leo Webster said, "This is a wonderful collection of sea paintings by one of the most prolific artists of the genre. The dates of these works – 1916-1922 – suggest that they were purchased directly from William Wyllie, and possibly commissioned by Lord Mountbatten himself."


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  1. Leo Webster
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work +44 20 7393 3865
  2. Lucinda Bredin
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8363

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