Ellis Silas( 1885- 1972 ) ss Strathallan watercolour gouache signed 1939
Ellis Silas( 1885- 1972 )
ss Strathallan watercolour gouache signed Ellis Silas c 1939
Watercolour and gouache on paper, signed. left under Ellis Silas.
Dimensions : Frame : 300mm x 400mm x 12mm. Image : 25mm x 32,5mm.
Weight : 1.080kg net.
Condition : Good.
ss Strathallan leaving port with tugs in attendance, watercolour and gouache on paper, signed Ellis Silas, c1939. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 300mm x 400mm x 12mm. Image : 238mm x 325mm. Weight : 1.080kg net.
Condition/Notes : Good. The watercolour and predominantly gouache study of a passenger-cargo steamship leaving port is in good condition with good colour. There is a vertical surface crease to the paper support on the hull forward of the bridge and to the rh side of the foremast near the mount edge, but these are not noticeable in normal viewing, and there are two vertical impression marks either side adjacent to the mount window from a previous smaller mount, again not noticeable in normal viewing. The study depicts a passenger-cargo steamship departing port with tugs in attendance; she is tentatively identified as ss Strathallan by the bridge design and other features. The painting is signed by the artist in the lower lh corner in his usual style; note the original black signature has been over-painted in white gouache. Displayed within a plain off-white mount in a contemporary gilt frame with non-reflective glazing; hardboard backing sealed with gummed framing tape. Screw-eyes attched.
The painting is a particularly striking work capturing the grandeur of the ship in a busy port location and typical of the style of this well-known listed British maritime artist.
The S.S. STRATHALLAN was one of several large passenger ships built in the 1930’s by Vickers-Armstrongs of Barrow-in-Furness for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company of London – P & O. These vessels, for which basic details are shown below, were designed and built for the Australian service :
Gross Registered Tonnage 23,772 tons
Length x Width 664 feet x 82 feet
Builder and Year of Build Vickers-Armstrongs of Barrow – 1938
First Class + Tourist Accommodation 448 + 563 persons : Total 1,011 passengers
Sister-Vessel S.S. Stratheden
Subsequent Names None
Ultimate Fate Torpedoed by U-562 on 21-12-1942, sunk 22-12-1942.
Bio ; Painter, stained glass artist and writer, son of the painter Louis Silas, was born in London. He studied painting with his father and Walter Sickert and is notable for his landscapes and marine studies. Was a war artist for the Australian government during World War I, one of his books being Crusading at Anzac. Also travelled extensively in Papua, featured in his volume A Primitive Arcadia. Member of UA, Ridley Art Club and London Sketch Club; showed with RA, ROI and RI, and had one-man shows at Fine Art Society and Hereford City Museum and Art Gallery, which holds his work, as does the British Museum. Lived in London