Wyllie, W. L. & Hopwood, Rear-Admiral Ronald A.


Robert Dunthorne, London & Liverpool, 1st.ed., N.D. (c.1917). 4 tissue-guarded, cream wove paper mounted, etchings numbered I to IV, each Signed in pencil by W. L. Wyllie, 37 x 26 (14 '" x 10 '") ; overall (with mount) 44 x 31cm (17 '" x 12 '") ; contained in their original quarter black cloth portfolio ; boards ; vignette by Wyllie & lettering on paper mounted to front board ; portfolio tied with black ribbon. Portfolio size : 45 x 32.5cm (17 '" x 12 '"). Corners of portfolio worn ; spasmodic foxing to portfolio, mounts & tissue-guards ' the latter serving their function well as the plates are clean, crisp & fox-free ; o/w FINE. William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931) requires no introduction and remains one of the most popular British marine artists of the late 19th / early 20th centuries. During his younger days when he was studying art, he examined closely the history of shipbuilding which was to prove invaluable to him in later life. He was influenced by Henry Moore, Whistler and Turner, and from 1883 he produced etchings for Robert Dunthorne of the Rembrandt Gallery (the publisher of these four etchings) who had galleries in Vigo Street, London ; & Castle Street, Liverpool. Around 1917 Wyllie produced four etchings entitled : Our Fathers, To the Memory of the nameless Killed and Wounded. These were designed to accompany a poem by Captain (as he then was) Ronald A. Hopwood, R.N., (1868-1949) who, during the naval manoeuvres of 1913, wrote a poem entitled The Old Way, within which Our Fathers appeared, and Wyllie, much taken by the latter poem, agreed to illustrate it. Following the Battle of Jutland in 1916 when Britannia failed to produce the great victory that the country expected, The Times reproduced Hopwood's poems, and Dunthorne published Wyllie's etchings a little time later, probably 1917. The etchings trace man's endeavour at sea from the Armada to the arrival of the 'Hyper-Super Dreadnought' ; accompanied along the way with everything from galleons to sea-planes ; Nelson's ships-of-the-line to First World War submarines ; all illustrating Hopwood's epic poem. VERY SCARCE.

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