Superstructure, HMAS 'Shropshire'

Accession Number ART25672
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 30.5 x 43.1 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 4: RAN
Maker Adams, Dennis
Place made Japan
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The cruiser's guns and mast are represented in a cubist manner which conveys energy and strength. Numerous sailors working onboard the ship are painted in a similar angular style. The painting communicates a vital union between the skill and labour of the men and the performance of the warship. Originally of the Royal Navy, the 'Shropshire' was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy after the loss of the heavy cruiser HMAS 'Canberra' on 9 August 1942 in the Battle of Savo Island. Shropshire, an 8-inch heavy cruiser, saw extensive service in the Pacific, taking part in the American and Australian landings in Dutch New Guinea, the Philippines and Borneo.