Details about **R.M.S. TITANIC** ORIGINAL LARGE 1912 OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAIT OF MARCONI OFFICERSee original listing
22 Apr, 2012 22:01:42 BST
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|Subject:||Seascape/ Nautical||Date of Creation:||1900-1949|
Frederick Crow (Irish Early 20th Century School) "Portrait of John G Phillips, Senior Marconi Operator on the Titanic", Belfast, 1912, Accompanied by Letter from John Phillip's family, the first of two Titanic oils, offered without reserve.
This is the first of two of the most extraordinary paintings I have ever had the privilege of owning. It comes from my own collection, and even to handle it gives you goosebumps. At first sight it is relatively uninteresting - a moderately competent portrait of a naval officer which clearly dates to the early 20th Century.
But - it doesn't take me to point out that the uniform is that of the White Star Line, and it is accompanied by a letter which indicates that it is a portrait of John ("Jack") Phillips, the senior Marconi wireless operator on the Titanic, painted in Belfast, 1912. More on that later...
It is an original oil on canvas - it is NOT a print or an overpainted print. For fear of labouring the point... it is NOT a print! Condition is really not too bad. There are a number of small holes which have been repaired professionally, and it has been cleaned and revarnished. The frame is a simple affair but I am sure it is contemporary with the painting, and is therefore part of the painting's history and I think should stay with it. It is a cracking big size - the canvas measuring 70 x 50cm (28 x 20").
Now to the accompanying provenance. The painting is accompanied by copies of an original letter - scans of which are shown. The letter is dated 1922, and reads as follows:
"Portrait of John G Phillips
Senior Operator of the Marconi
Wireless Telegraph on the ill fated
RMC Titanic painted by
Frederick Crow (??) Belfast, March 1912
Uncle Jack worked as wireless
Operator on the Lusitania, Mauretania
Oceania, Adriatic before becoming
Senior Wireless Operator on the
Titanic where he died 10 years ago."
Although it is clearly a tragedy that the original letter has been lost, at least images of it remain. We will send high quality prints of front and back of the letter to the high bidder, and the original images at his/her request.
I am not sure which of "Uncle Jack's" nieces or nephews wrote this, or indeed if it was written by another member of the family for one of them - but only 10 years after the infamous events of April 1912.
This painting really should be in a museum, and this year seems a good time to part with it. We will be sad to see him go - but we hope to a good new home.
Offered as usual without reserve.
We would like to offer our huge thanks to all our customers - particularly old friends - who have helped us achieve promotion to Platinum status. This is the highest eBay level of seller status except one (Titanium). We are hugely grateful and will endeavour to continue to offer the highest level of customer service to old and new clients.
On 15-Apr-12 at 21:27:35 BST, seller added the following information:
Please note - having banged on about scans of the letter which accompanied this painting I completely forgot to add photos to the listing. To quote Homer Simpson - my hero and role model: Doh!!. I've added photos to a separate listing which is running parallel to this one. PLEASE DO NOT BID ON THE SCANS!! To see them - please search under the following number : 221002593642. If I have now managed to completely confuse you - please do not hestitate to email.
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More than happy to give a refund if this turns out to be a print. It's not though!!