EARLY P & O LINER S.S. HIMALAYA, 1853
Oil on board
Unframed 20 1/4" L x 14 1/4" H Framed
231/4" x 17 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Signed LL E. Robarto, 1890
Presented is a ship portrait of an early
P & O Line steamer, the S.S. Himalaya that was launched in 1853. She was the first of three ships of this name and the
smallest at 3,438 gross tons. Her hull was iron, 370 feet long with a beam of 44 feet, one funnel, and three masts that were
rigged for sail, and a single screw with a speed of 12 knots. HIMALAYA was designed for two hundred passengers, and made only
one passage for P & O to Alexandria, Egypt and return before being converted to a British troopship for service in the
Crimean War. After the war she continued as a troopship between England and India until 1894. In 1910 she was based at Chatham,
River Medway as a coal barge, and in 1920 was sold to private owners at Portland Harbour. In June 1940, she was bombed and
sunk by German air attack on Portland Harbour.
In this work, dated 1890, she is flying the British Merchant Ensign
at her stern, and the P & O House flag from her main mast truck. Her clipper bow is a carry over from pure sailing ships
of the same era.The weather is calm with cloudy blue skies and gentle seas. There is a high land mass in the right background.
The painting is signed and dated by the artist E. Robarto,
1890. Please note that are photographs were taken through glass and some of what the viewer sees is not as sharp as
when viewing the actual painting.
This is a traditional style of an early
steam ship portrait of the last quarter of the 1800's which may be in the style of the Italian School.
CONDITION: The painting is excellent
condition.The gilded wood frame weighs about seven pounds. The frame shows some scuffing and loss of gilding, but is in good
overall condition. It back is sealed with a wood panel that has three age cracks.
Signed and dated lower left
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fine old painting of a P & O ship that was the largest vessel of her type when launched.