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THE ROYAL NAVY Swinburne colour illustrations Wilkinson
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THE ROYAL NAVY

PAINTED BY NORMAN L. WILKINSON

DESCRIBED BY H. LAWRENCE SWINBURNE

WITH SOME NOTES ON THE COSTUME
OF THE SAILORS OF THE PAST BY
COMMANDER CHARLES N. ROBINSON, R.N.
ILLUSTRATED BY J. JELLICOE

Published by Adam and Charles Black, London 1907

£75.00

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Condition
Decorated blue cloth bound book with colour and gilt decoration to spine and front board. Corners are bumped and rubbed - starting to fray; extremities are also rubbed and frayed. Hinges starting to crack but not separated.
Book was a prize from the now closed (1967) Jesuit public School, ' St. Stanislaus College, Beamont ' - a small bookplate to the front paste down and a gilt impress to centre of front board.
Page block is square and tight top edge gilt. Only first and last very few pages with foxing/acid marking. All sixty-one coloured plates complete and all protected with a titled bound in tissue guard. Some illustrations are used to illustrate this web page - title can be seen when cursor is placed over them.
Condition VERY GOOD with excellent plates.

H.M.S. St. Vincent [Norman Wilkinson]

378 pages; 175mm. x 233mm. x 48mm. A heavy book, 1.6 kilo wrapped

Extracts from the "Author's Preface"

. . . .Commander Charles Napier Robinson, R.N., has contributed an excursus on naval costume, which must greatly enhance the value of this book to the student of naval history, for on this subject the author of "The British Fleet" is our greatest authority.

The text, however, would be but an inadequate medium to bring home to the reader what the Navy of old was, and the Navy of today is like, were it not for Mr Norman Wilkinson's beautiful series of water-colours with which the book is illustrated.

Mr Wilkinson has not contented himself with simply painting a series of typical warships but illustrates for us some of the most glorious achievements and exploits of our forefathers, and those incidents in the fleet life of the Navy today that the landsman has but rare opportuaties of witnessing. In his work Mr Norman Wilkinson has been both historically and artistically successful; and, moreover, he has had the advantage of having his seascape and illustration of the material of the fleet most ably supplemented by a series of sketches in colour from the brush of Mr J. Jellicoe, depicting the costume of the seaman from the earliest days to the present. These most delightful sketches give a human interest both to the text and Mr Wilkinson's pictures that would otherwise be lacking. Their absolute accuracy is assured from the fact that they are reproduced from Commander Robinson's collection of prints and illustrative of the social side of sea life, probably one of, if not the most complete, that has ever been brought together.

Decorated blue cloth bound book with colour and gilt decoration to spine and front board. Corners are bumped and rubbed - starting to fray; extremities are also rubbed and frayed. Only first and last very few pages with foxing/acid marking; the title page shown is clear and is four pages in.

Below are four more small images of some of the illustrations
- place cursor on image for description from the book !
" French destroyers " [Norman Wilkinson]
" A COAL HULK The 'Pitt', now broken up " [Norman Wilkinson]
   
"SEAMAN'S DDRESS, THE ERA OF STEAM AND STEEL circa A.D. 1850 to 1900 [ J. Jellicoe ]
"SEAMAN'S DDRESS, THE ERA OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION circa A.D. 1787 to 1812 with Howe and Jervis, Duncan and Nelson [ J. Jellicoe ]

 

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