Bell, D. C. Britain's Maritime History: An Illustrated Chronicle

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Hull (UK), privately published by Hull Maritime Museum, not dated (1985 on spine).

Limited edition 57/300 copies signed by the artist.  Illustrated with 12 watercolor plates, each hand-coloredsigned, and labeled by the artist. The plates measure 8" by 11" and are protected with tissue guards.  Additionally illustrated with 23 uncolored drawings (12 full page & 11 in text).

Oblong 4to. Unpaginated.  Bound in wine-red half crushed morocco over red cloth boards with raised bands and gilt lettering. Red paper over boards slipcase with "Queen Elizabeth 2" stamped in gilt on the front.  Leather slightly dulled in places, hence near fine in like slipcase, with some slight rubbing.

David Bell paints many subjects, including railways, architecture and aviation but he is primarily known as a marine artist, most notably for the Sir Walter Raleigh painting for (the then) H.R.H. Prince of Wales and Humber Heritage, later in the collection of H.M. The Queen.  He manages to combine great technical skill with imagination and vision to produce paintings of lasting value. His style is evocative and atmospheric, of both past and present scenes. His work has been exhibited throughout Britain and is in collections all over the world.