Antique Colour Lithographs 'The First and Last Journey of the British Navy Ship "Hms Victory", a Pair
The original paintings were done by the famous British artist William Lionel Wyllie (1851 - 1931) of the Royal Academy in London. These plates engraved by his son Harold Wyllie (1880 - 1973)
These were printed the 1920's to raise money for the restoration of this famous ship. See below.
'Signed' at lower right and left by the artist and lithographer.
Professionally framed and matted in elegant mottled gold leaf frames.
Double mat surround of charcoal with a deep red brown inner mat.
Condition is very good with some expected very minor imperfections to frames' surfaces.
Overall frames are W25 1/2" x H28 1/2" x 1".
The plate size is 15" x 18".
16 pounds total.
HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
She additionally served as Keppel's flagship at Ushant, Howe's flagship at Cape Spartel and Jervis's flagship at Cape St Vincent. After 1824, she was relegated to the role of harbour ship.
In 1922, she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission, with 244 years' service as of 2022.
"The Last Journey of Victory," after W. L. Wyllie, engraved by his son Harold Wyllie. It was published by Robert Dunthorne & Son in 1922, with the aim of profits going to raise funds to preserve and restore the HMS Victory and move the ship to a dry dock in Portsmouth, England.