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Derek George Montague Gardner, V.R.D., R.S.M.A. (1914-2007)
Derek George Montague Gardner, V.R.D., R.S.M.A. (1914-2007)

H.M.S. Elizabeth, 1942; H.M.S. Edinburgh, 1942; H.M.S. Scylla in the Arctic, 1943; H.M.S. Scylla, D-Day, 1944 (illustrated); H.M.S. Nairana in the Arctic, 1944; and H.M.S. Superb, 1945

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Derek George Montague Gardner, V.R.D., R.S.M.A. (1914-2007)
H.M.S. Elizabeth, 1942; H.M.S. Edinburgh, 1942; H.M.S. Scylla in the Arctic, 1943; H.M.S. Scylla, D-Day, 1944 (illustrated); H.M.S. Nairana in the Arctic, 1944; and H.M.S. Superb, 1945
all signed 'D.G.M/GARDNER' (lower right and lower left)
pencil and watercolour heightened with white, on paper
10¾ x 14½ in. (27.3 x 36.8 cm.) (6)
Provenance
Cdr. H.L. Rendel, R.N. and thence by descent.

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Derek G.M. Gardner was one of the finest British maritime painters of the twentieth century. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy during World War II and, in 1942, was mentioned in dispatches for his distinguished service, when the destroyer H.M.S. Broke was sunk in the Mediterranean. As an entirely self-taught painter his was a most prodigious talent, his success lying in his ability to portray ships with great accuracy, whilst also conveying the colour, luminosity and drama of the wind and sea.
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