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Portraits painted of ships were used from the earliest days, right up to the 1960's, to advertise P&O's fleet. Several examples are included in this selection together with works commissioned to commemorate particular and notable events.

  • VECTIS at sea

  • CALEDONIA at anchor in the Pool of London

  • CHUSAN at night at anchor

  • WILLIAM FAWCETT passing a lighthouse

  • IBERIA heading towards land

  • HINDOSTAN leaving Southampton with the first Indian Mails

  • CHUSAN off English Coast

  • CARTHAGE at sea

  • VICTORIA in the Thames at Tilbury

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