Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Eight - Pre-Victorian to the present day - more aspects - Art and Artists of the Penarth Dock area . . .

Claude Marks - A fine watercolour of a Blohm and Voss vessel assumed to be 'Passat' making way in full sail.
Claude Marks - A fine watercolour of a Blohm and Voss vessel assumed to be 'Passat' making way in full sail.
British artist, Claude Marks (1915 - 1991).

Claude Marks - A fine watercolour of a Blohm and Voss vessel assumed to be 'Passat' making way in full sail. Just look how the wind billows her sails ;  wonderful! You can almost smell the salty air and hear the wind whistling through the rigging.

I came by this privately owned maritime masterpiece when Gareth contacted me and explained how it has been handed down through his family from his Grandfather who was the Principal of what was then University College, Cardiff, during the years 1929 to 1949.

One Dr. J. C. Gilchrist of Llanishen, on the outskirts of Cardiff, was a well respected local physician who was presented with this watercolour by the British artist, Claude Marks (1915 - 1991). Gareth comments that he I cannot shed light on why Claude Marks was staying with Dr. Gilchrist at that time but a letter attached to the back of the painting (dated 23/11/1949) from Dr. J. C. and E. L. Gilchrist reads as follows:

“We send you our warm wishes for a happy and long retirement. If we know “the Principal” at all it will be a retirement full of interest and fruitful. Some of the reviews in the Western Mail have already been most interesting. Mr Claude Marks is living with us, we thought you might care to have one of his ships as a souvenir from us: he has always had great interest in marine painting, and the advent of the Passat (can’t remember the other name) in Penarth Dock has fired up this old pleasure. I think we can be sure that he is also (…) correct in details, and in this watercolour he seems to have got a fine feeling of movement and lift of the bows. With our warm regards”

Gareth is unable to decipher the missing (…) word, but it is possibly fully. The other vessel at the time in Penarth Dock was the 'Pamir'.

Many thanks to Gareth for the opportunity to enjoy this work and for this fascinating insight into his family history. [784] [15052020]

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