Very interesting artwork by William Cockell, it is unusually an oil on velvet painting. The painting is of the SS Dorset which was a New Zealand troop carrier in WW1, ship was owned by the New Zealand Shipping Company.
It is painted through the persepective of either a telescope or Periscope, a very atmospheric painting. I have two of these paintings and the only other one that is known of is held in the New Zealand Maritime Museum, item number 2003:6.
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