Roland Langmaid (1897-1956)
With two early submarines, with the Round Tower, Tower House and Portsmouth Cathedral beyond
Framed and glazed
Overall size including frame: 29.5 x 52.2 cm
Roland Langmaid, the son of a Captain, joined the Royal Navy in 1910. His service afloat during the First World War began in the battleship Agamemnon and in 1917 he was appointed to the new battlecruiser Renown. A detailed journal he kept as a Midshipman during the Dardanelles campaign is housed in the Royal Naval Museum.
After leaving the navy in 1922, probably a victim of 'Geddes Axe', Langmaid studied at the Royal Academy School and the Royal College of Art before taking up painting professionally. He also received tuition from WL Wyllie whom he remained heavily influenced by.
During the Second World War Langmaid served as official artist to the Mediterranean Fleet with the rank of Lieutenant-Commander, the National Maritime Museum have seventeen of his wartime paintings.