OIL PAINTING LARGE MASTER JOHN HAMILTON 20th CENTURY
PAINTING REF 110374
“good condition for age ( see pictures)”
OIL PAINTING MASTER JOHN HAMILTON 20th CENTURY
FEAST BEFORE THE BATTLE ,
GOLD GILT FRAME
( 20th century )Description: StunningWe notice now his paintings have made their way intothe good museums & artukTitle: Feast before the battleArtist: John Hamiltonsigned: bottom RightProvenance: john castagno artsignature directoryMedium : Oil painting canvasCondition: very goodCountry: BritishFrame size : 45 in x 34 in( 104 cm x 86 cm)Canvas size : 36 in x 24 in
With an estimate of £2000 - £2500
He began by selling his work to tourists, who visited the Isles of Scilly in the English Channel, specializing at first in painting the local topography, seascapes, traditional ships, and boats. Increasingly interested in the naval battles of World War II, in 1972 he began to paint a series of historical paintings on the War in the Atlantic, undertaking extensive archival research in London, Washington, and Stuttgart, and interviewing survivors. After seven years of work, he completed this 84-painting series at the end of 1978. Through the generosity of several shipping companies and the HMS Belfast Trust, his series of paintings is now in the collection of the Imperial War Museum, London, on board the museum ship HMS Belfast. On the completion of the Atlantic series, Hamilton started work on a new series of paintings on the War in the Pacific, widening his archival researches and interviewing to Canberra and Tokyo with extensive research work at the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. With the help of foundations in Texas, Hamilton completed more than 120 paintings in five years. This collection is now part of the U.S. Navy Art Collection. 176 of the total 204 paintings in the two series were published in Hamilton’s book War at Sea, 1939-1945.
After completing his work on World War II, Hamilton turned to the more recent Falklands War and a study of the uses of the helicopter during that conflict. This project required three visits to the Falkland Islands and four years to produce 46 paintings. In his 70s, he developed an interest in the Antarctic and spent two winters there on board HMS Endurance (A171), painting the scenery and doing historical paintings of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition using the evidence of surviving buildings, in addition to research, to recreate historical scenes. In this work, he became a key figure in inspiring the organisation of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.
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