HMS 'Renown' leaving Portsmouth with HRH The Prince of Wales, 16 March 1920

(Updated September 2020)Signed by the artist in the lower left margin. This etching shows the battlecruiser 'Renown' (1916) in broad starboard-bow view, as she pulls away from South Railway Jetty in Portsmouth Harbour on 16 March 1920, with HRH The Prince of Wales on board for his 1920 tour of the United States, Australia and New Zealand via the Panama Canal. Wyllie also did an oil painting of the subject from a viewpoint ahead of 'Renown' which is now in the Royal Naval museum at Portsmouth. The depiction of 'Renown' here is not particularly accurate in that she has too low a silhouette: her superstructure, funnels and masts were higher. Tugs are assisting her to unberth but they are not well drawn as one of the tugs was the 'St Just' (1918) and none of these look like her. On the left is the 'Victory' (1765) dressed overall and firing a salute. The submarine at moorings in the foreground is a former German vessel of the UB-III type, surrendered at the end of the First World War. See also PAE2654 and PAF2133.

Object Details

ID: PAF0734
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wyllie, William Lionel
Places: Unlinked place
Vessels: Renown (1916)
Date made: circa 1920
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 179 x 423 mm; Mount: 318 mm x 482 mm

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