The Official Artist of the United States Navy Autographed (1) of 2 Prints-Dated 1944
This is a framed pair of artist’s prints, done by the world famous naval artist, Arthur Beaumont in 1944. These are not the actual paintings, but are copies of the real thing. Beaumont painted many navy ships throughout his career, and his works sell into the very high, thousands of dollars. Traveling the globe, Arthur Beaumont would present signed copies of his art, like these, to various military personnel, diplomats, celebrities and the like. Once home, navy officers and crewmen would often take these pictures and have them framed for display in offices, dens or on board ship. His fame as a naval artist became so great, that he was eventually given the title: “Official Artist of the United States Navy.”
The first painting shows the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise. The ship is painted in heavy seas, surrounded by ship escorts, while navy fighters take-off from her deck and fly overhead. The Enterprise participated in more major actions of the war against Japan than any other U.S. ship. She escorted the Hornet as she carried The Doolittle Raiders on their mission to bomb Tokyo. She also participated in the Battle of Midway and others.
The artist has made an actual notation in fountain pen, “U.S.S. Enterprise” and also has personally signed the print. On the mat in the lower right hand corner he signed “To Lieut. Jack Gardner with Compliments of the Artist. Arthur Beaumont 1944”.
The second painting shows the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama and is titled, “Camouflaged Majesty”. Signal flags fly from their halyards, while her heavy guns menace the sky overhead. The printed signature of the artist and a 1944 date are seen in the lower right hand corner.
Beaumont lived to a ripe old age, and the catalog of his works is immense. Paintings done by the artist hang in most well-known galleries and museums worldwide. This is a nice opportunity to acquire 2 1944 dated prints, one personalized and autographed three times by the U.S. Navy’s Official artist.
(Current cost to ship these prints in the U.S. is $15.50) This price may change, depending upon Postal Service price changes over time.