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Converting a Cunarder to a Merchant Cruiser

BHC1382
Oil paintings

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Object ID BHC1382
Description Although the artist gave a specific title to the image, painted in 1918, no single-funnel Cunarder was converted to a merchant cruiser, an armed merchant ship capable of good self-defence and for escort work. Everett was in the army during World War I and in 1918 was working on paintings connected with sea commerce for the Ministry of Information. He did not sell his marine work during his lifetime but bequeathed all of it to the National Maritime Museum. The collection consists of oil paintings and a large number of drawings and engravings. He was a practical deep-water sailor, understood his subject and his work manifests the knowledge gleaned from living on board. He was also a fine draughtsman and saw sails, ropes and deck fittings in terms of rhythmic patterns. This enabled him to produce powerful and vigorous compositions.
Date made 1918

Artist/Maker Everett, Herbert Barnard John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 728 x 987 mm; Frame: 921 mm x 1175 mm x 55 mm
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