First convoy at sea

Accession Number ART00190
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 153 cm x 303 cm x 13.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Bryant, Charles
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Painting of a convoy of thirty-eight troop ships, escorted by four naval ships, with the British cruiser HMS 'Minotaur' in foreground leading the convoy. This ship is followed by SS 'Orvieto' carrying General Bridges and the AIF Headquarters staff. The other naval escort ships were RAN light cruisers and the Japanese cruiser 'Ibuki'. Two pictures were painted by Bryant of the First Convoy - one at sea, the other leaving Albany, Western Australia. This painting was initially titled 'Sailing 1st Aus Division from Albany First Convoy with Australian troops at Sea' and the artists was paid a commission price of 250 pounds for the work. Charles Bryant (1883-1937) had some early art lessons before beginning his career as a clerk in the Bank of NSW. In 1908 he travelled to London and studied marine painting at St. Ives in Cornwall. In December 1917 he was appointed as an Official War Artist, attached to the 2nd Division AIF working in France. His commission was terminated in December 1918 and he returned to Australia in 1921 where he undertook further work for Australian War Records. In 1923 he was commissioned by the War Memorial to paint a series of works in connection with the occupation of German New Guinea by Australian troops. From 1924 to 1930, Bryant ran a paint shop in Manly where he was a founder of the Manly Art Gallery in 1924. In 1925 he was commissioned to paint the United States fleet in Sydney Harbour for presentation to the President of the USA.