The Royal Navy by Norman Wilkinson, A. & C. Black, 1907


An Edwardian history of the Royal Navy, illustrated by Norman Wilkinson and bound in attractive decorative cloth.

The Royal Navy painted by Norman L. Wilkinson, described by H. Lawrence Swinburne, with some Notes on the Costume of the Sailors of the Past by Commander Charles N. Robinson R.N. Illustrated by J. Jellicoe, 1st edition, London: A. & C. Black, 1907

Containing 378 pages plus preliminaries, with 51 colour plates after Wilkinson, each with captioned tissue guard, also with 10 colour plates of sailors' uniforms by J. Jellicoe, bound in the original decorated cloth-covered boards, quarto (23.3 x 17.3 cm)

Condition: Neat naval ownership name to front blank dated 1911, Toning to endpapers commensurate with age, some scattered brown spotting, the binding with a nick to the foot of the spine and one or two minor marks. Generally a very good, bright copy.

Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was taught at the Portsmouth and Southsea School of Art, and later in St Ives and Paris. He was an accomplished marine painter, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and serving as president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. He is also well known as one of the finest painters of inter-war railway posters.

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