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Commander Francis Chaine (1867-1923)

Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Chaine, Francis, Cdr, 1867-1923

Object details:

Object ID BHC2605
Description A three-quarter-length portrait to the left showing Chaine in his commander’s undress uniform, 1891–1921 (but without the fifth row of buttons), with his hands in the jacket pockets. He wears the ribbons for Egypt, 1882, the First World War service and defence medals and the Khedive Star. The portrait was painted from a photograph in or after 1919. Francis William Chaine joined the battleship ‘Northumberland’ off Alexandria in 1882, but he did not take part in the bombardment of the fort. In November that year he joined the corvette ‘Tenedos’ on the North American and West Indies station, staying there for three-and-a-half years before going on sub-lieutenant’s courses in the autumn of 1886. Chaine then joined the gunboat ‘Banterer’ as the navigator in March 1888, but resigned his commission in March 1890. He was called to service at the outbreak of war in 1914 with the rank of lieutenant-commander (acting commander). He spent the first three years of the war at Portland, where he was in charge of a group of trawlers; for the rest of the war and his service he was at the Admiralty. It is signed 'E. A. Wickes' in the lower left of the painting. An earlier NMM label attached to the painting confirms the artist's name as E. A. Wicks.
Date made circa 1919

Artist/Maker Wicks, Adelaide
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 228 mm x 180 mm
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