Sunday Divisions, HMAS Hobart and HMS Neptune, Alexandria

Accession Number ART23791
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 61 x 66 cm; unframed: 40.4 x 45.3 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas board
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: Navy
Maker Norton, Frank
Place made Egypt: Alexandria
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A ship's company was divided into sub-units called divisions. Frank Norton depicts a regular Sunday morning inspection of divisions on the warships HMAS Hobart and HMS Neptune, moored in the harbour at Alexandria, in Egypt. The Hobart is in the extreme foreground, with divisions lined up for inspection by the ship's captain. Neptune is moored behind the Hobart, and in the centre background is the interned French battleship Lorraine; to its right are HMS Valiant and Barham, and to the left, other unidentified interned French cruisers. A barrage balloon is moored to a houseboat at the end of the mole.