43.8 x 54 cm
Unknown collection (see timeline)
Aka: The Last Voyage of HMS Vanguard, Portsmouth: 4th August, 1960, No 2 [RA]; ; Last Voyage of HMS Vanguard 1960; Last Voyage of HMS Vanguard [RE sales diary]
Other measurements: 43.8 x 54 cm [RE sales diary]England Hampshire Portsmouth The South Royal Navy battleship guns military ship towing tugs tug boat warships
This painting depicts HMS Vanguard, the Royal Navy's last battleship, being towed out of Portsmouth harbour on its final journey to the breakers yard. The story of its departure is well documented because it notoriously ran aground.
We have three other records for RE works depicting the departure: Last Voyage of HMS Vanguard, Portsmouth: 4th August, 1960, No 1, HMS Vanguard, 4th August 1960, Portsmouth (c1961) and Study of HMS Vanguard leaving Portsmouth to be Broken Up (c1961). The last two may refer to the same work.
The sketch below is dated the 6th of August, 1960 but the event of HMS Vanguard being towed out of Portsmouth harbour is generally recorded as being the 4th of August. We cannot explain this discrepency.
"Summer Exhibition 1961" - Royal Academy of Arts, London
"Richard Eurich - Recent Paintings" - Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
Cat 40, illustrated; priced at £250
bought by private collector from Tooth's
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Sketch_18-70 last voyage Vanguard Portsmouth (6th Aug 1960)
Image © Richard Eurich Paintings
Last Voyage of HMS Vanguard, Portsmouth: 4th August, 1960, No 1 (1961)
Image © National Museum of the Royal Navy
HMS Vanguard, 4th August 1960, Portsmouth (1961)
Image © Gracefields Arts Centre
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