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on 5 June 2009
This is the first maritime painting book by the author who is better known as an aviation artist.
After a prologue by the author there are 32 paintings of naval sscenes or ships covering the period 1798(the battle of the Nile)to 1998 (the decomissioning of the Britannia)
Two pages are devoted to each painting,the first page gives a short account of the subject with some subsidary drawings while the other page illustrates the ship or scene.My favourites are a)HMS York and b)the battle for Malta.
Three pictures -the Queen Mary,the East Asiatic Squadron and the Channel dash have their impact totally destroyed by being printed over one and a half pages with the crease down the middle.(when will publishers ever learn to present their product in the best possible light)
The forward by Edward Heath does the book no credit and the painting of his yacht is quite out of place with the other paintings which are excellent.