A British Battleship HMS Royal Sovereign - Chromolithograph, c.1903


A British Battleship (H.M.S. Royal Sovereign)

A fine original Edwardian chromolithograph depicting a cross section of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Royal Sovereign, published about 1903

Framed and glazed in our studio

Overall size including frame: 37 x 92.2 cm

Condition: Some very light browning along the original vertical folds, otherwise excellent.

A fine example of Edwardian chromolithography, this hugely detailed cross-section depicts the Royal Navy pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Royal Sovereign, built at Portsmouth Dockyard and launched in 1891. She served in the Channel and Mediterranean Fleets before being decommissioned in 1909. Above the ship are vignettes of many other naval vessels of the period, of various classes.

This richly detailed print depicts sailors and officers occupied in many of the functions of a smoothly running ship from swabbing the decks to stoking the boilers. Officers can be seen dining in opulent rooms, while the marines hold band practice and the lookouts are high aloft!

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