• Maritime Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5949

    Maritime Art

    11 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 137

    John J. Holmes, 20th/21st Century

    R.M.S. Titanic off Southampton, 10 April 1912, with Rainbow off her port bow

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    John J. Holmes, 20th/21st Century
    R.M.S. Titanic off Southampton, 10 April 1912, with Rainbow off her port bow
    signed 'John J. Holmes' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.5 cm.)


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    Built by Harland & Wolff of Belfast for the White Star Line, Titanic was launched on 31th May 1911 and was the largest ship in the world at that time. On 10th April she embarked on her fated maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. On 14th April, Titanic approached the Grand Banks along a steamer route in the South of the North Atlantic, internationally agreed for the avoidance of danger from fog and ice. She received numerous warnings from other ocean liners, but proceeded to continue at her full service speed of 21 knots, and struck an iceberg at 23.40 hrs. Of the 2206 passengers aboard, a total of 703 were rescued. The ship herself has assumed that mantle of immortality which shows no signs of abating.

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