26 Aug THE ADMIRALS COME BACK TO LIFE
The National Portrait Gallery, London, 2014. With a helping hand from the Cayzer family, the great painting of « Some Senior Naval Officers of World War One », painted in 1921 by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, goes back on show at the gallery in pride of position at the top of the entrance stairs. Sadly, there are no plans to exhibit during May 2016 when the largest naval battle of the first world war, Jutland, was fought.
Through a public appeal, the National Portrait Gallery raised £20,000 for essential conservation work to allow the painting to go back on display as part of its events marking the Centenary of the First World War.
Naval Officers of World War 1 features 22 portraits of the Royal Navy’s most senior figures in the Admiralty Boardroom. Among them are Admiral Jellicoe and his successor as Commander of the Grand Fleet, Admiral Sir David Beatty.
The National Portrait Gallery had a very useful explanation of each of the naval officers in the painting.