Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - Lt Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly: An Armoured merchantman in the Thames Estuary

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Lt Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly:
An Armoured merchantman in the Thames Estuary

Framed (ref: 4590)

Signed with monogram

Pencil and coloured crayons

6 x 8 7/8 in. (15.5 x 21.7 cm)

Tags: maritime transport war World War II Paintings by British Artists



Provenance: The Artist's daughter


Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 17.

Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 17, page 54.


Merchant ships were often provided with their own small artillery piece mounted at the stern and served by the crew. Barrage balloons were fitted to both merchant and Royal Navy ships as a means of offering some protection against dive-bombing attacks by Stukas and other Luftwaffe aircraft.


Talbot Kelly is considered to be one of the finest aviation artists of his generation. His work is in the collection of the National Army Museum and the

Royal Airforce Museum. A Subaltern's Odyssey : Memoirs of the Great War 1915-1917 based on the diaries of R.B. Talbot Kelly was published by Harper Collins, London, in 1980. ISBN: ISBN: 0718302478.


We are grateful to Andrew Cormack for assistance.


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