Signed Etching by William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931) - HMS Victory in Portsmouth Dockyard
original etching with drypoint, signed in pencil, framed and glazed
Overall size including frame 60.4 x 49.8 cm
Wyllie was a leading supporter campaign to save and restore Victory and the great ship was finally placed into dry-dock in 1922, having floated in Portsmouth Harbour for much of the preceding century in a steadily worsening state of repair.
She underwent extensive restoration in the following years and and is depicted here being prepared for the official opening by King George V in July 1928, a ceremony attended by both W.L. Wyllie and his son Harold.