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A Royal Barge

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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This is listed in the NMM 'Concise Catalogue' as just 'A royal barge'. It in fact shows a modern motor launch, possibly the barge of the RY 'Britannia' or the Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth under way at speed against the background of one of the offshore forts at Spithead, with large warships anchored in the right distance. The barge flies the white ensign astern and the Royal Standard at the bow indicating the presence of the Queen on board.

National Maritime Museum





oil on plywood


H 61 x W 91.4 cm

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David Cobb

National Maritime Museum

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, Greater London SE10 9NF England

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