Tue, 6th Nov 2018 11:00

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

 
  Lot 57
 

57

GIROLAMO GIANNI (1837-1895) - H.M.S. 'Condor' after the Bombardment of Alexandria, 1882

GIROLAMO GIANNI (ITALIAN, 1837-1895)

H.M.S. 'Condor' after the Bombardment of Alexandria, 1882

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated 'G. Gianni 1882' (lower right)

12½ x 20¼in. (32 x 51.5cm.)

A composite gun-vessel designed by Nathaniel Barnaby, Condor was the name-ship of a class of four ordered in 1875. Launched at the end of 1876, they were typical transitional sail/steam ships which were barque-rigged but under steam could race along at an impressive 11½ knots and were armed with one 7in. and two 64pdr. muzzle loading guns which could strike hard and accurate shots when required. Condor joined the Mediterranean Fleet in 1877 and remained there for twelve years, however she achieved immortality in July 1882 at the Bombardment of Alexandria. A fleet of fifteen ironclads had been sent there to protect British property after rioting. When a local militia persisted in strengthening defences, the Commander, Admiral Seymour, commenced a bombardment. The Temeraire was sent to deal with the Mex Forts but grounded and Condor - captained by a young Lord Charles Beresford - assisted her re-floating and then took on the fort at Marabout at a range of only 1,200 yards, but did so with such a spectacular rate of fire that the fort was soon silenced and the rest of the fleet could concentrate on the main attack. Afterwards Seymour famously signalled "Well Done Condor" to the Fleet, which not only secured the ship's reputation, but Beresford's who rose to the rank of Admiral.

Sold for £1,984
Estimated at £1,500 - £2,500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report

Original condition throughout, mint condition. Original frame painted with liquid cold.

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GIROLAMO GIANNI (ITALIAN, 1837-1895)

H.M.S. 'Condor' after the Bombardment of Alexandria, 1882

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated 'G. Gianni 1882' (lower right)

12½ x 20¼in. (32 x 51.5cm.)

A composite gun-vessel designed by Nathaniel Barnaby, Condor was the name-ship of a class of four ordered in 1875. Launched at the end of 1876, they were typical transitional sail/steam ships which were barque-rigged but under steam could race along at an impressive 11½ knots and were armed with one 7in. and two 64pdr. muzzle loading guns which could strike hard and accurate shots when required. Condor joined the Mediterranean Fleet in 1877 and remained there for twelve years, however she achieved immortality in July 1882 at the Bombardment of Alexandria. A fleet of fifteen ironclads had been sent there to protect British property after rioting. When a local militia persisted in strengthening defences, the Commander, Admiral Seymour, commenced a bombardment. The Temeraire was sent to deal with the Mex Forts but grounded and Condor - captained by a young Lord Charles Beresford - assisted her re-floating and then took on the fort at Marabout at a range of only 1,200 yards, but did so with such a spectacular rate of fire that the fort was soon silenced and the rest of the fleet could concentrate on the main attack. Afterwards Seymour famously signalled "Well Done Condor" to the Fleet, which not only secured the ship's reputation, but Beresford's who rose to the rank of Admiral.

Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Speedy'), Tue, 6th Nov 2018

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Main View and Sale Venue:
25 Blythe Road
London, W14 0PD

Large Object View and Post-Sale Collection:
6 Imperial Studios
3-11 Imperial Road
London, SW6 2AG

 

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