Lt Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly (1896 - 1971):
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)
Provenance: The Artist's daughter
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.