Tue, 10th May 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Courageous')

 
  Lot 51
 

51

ARTHUR TWIDLE (BRITISH, 1865-1935)<br/>Britannia...

ARTHUR TWIDLE (BRITISH, 1865-1935)
Britannia Needs No Bulwarks
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 'Arthur Twidle 1912' (lower right) and inscribed with artist's titles and provenance to 1913 RA exhibition
21 x 29in. (53.5 x 74cm.) Contained in original frame

Provenance: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1913, item number 323; David Cross Gallery, Clifton c.1975 to Private Collector.

Painted just two years before the outbreak of the Great War, the artist seems to be anticipating the struggles ahead with a seated Nelson contemplating tactics, presumably before the Battle of Trafalgar, and whose greatness of character embodies the finest virtues of England's most brilliant heroes throughout history: in the foreground King Arthur representing a strong and united nation; Sir Francis Drake who, against the odds beat the mighty Spanish Armada; and Cromwell whose famed organisational ability and rule of law was closely reflected by Nelson. In short, with so many virtues crowded into one man, Britain was invincible at sea in 1805 and remained so over a century later - a notion that was still very much reflected by - and throughout - the Royal Navy of 1912 which until recently had considered itself beyond the challenge of any two naval powers combined.

Sold for £2,480
Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Fine original condition with no evidence of touching; small area of craqueleur by left edge (behind Captain Hardy); original frame and slip - some re-touching to gilt edge on slip.

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ARTHUR TWIDLE (BRITISH, 1865-1935)
Britannia Needs No Bulwarks
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 'Arthur Twidle 1912' (lower right) and inscribed with artist's titles and provenance to 1913 RA exhibition
21 x 29in. (53.5 x 74cm.) Contained in original frame

Provenance: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1913, item number 323; David Cross Gallery, Clifton c.1975 to Private Collector.

Painted just two years before the outbreak of the Great War, the artist seems to be anticipating the struggles ahead with a seated Nelson contemplating tactics, presumably before the Battle of Trafalgar, and whose greatness of character embodies the finest virtues of England's most brilliant heroes throughout history: in the foreground King Arthur representing a strong and united nation; Sir Francis Drake who, against the odds beat the mighty Spanish Armada; and Cromwell whose famed organisational ability and rule of law was closely reflected by Nelson. In short, with so many virtues crowded into one man, Britain was invincible at sea in 1805 and remained so over a century later - a notion that was still very much reflected by - and throughout - the Royal Navy of 1912 which until recently had considered itself beyond the challenge of any two naval powers combined.