LONDON - An engagement between an American and a British naval vessel during the War of 1812 by Derek Gardner is estimated to sell for £30,000 to £50,000 at Bonhams next Auction of Marine Art in New Bond Street, London.
The painting depicts the action shortly before the Macedonian's main topmast went over the side in Mid Atlantic on October 12th 1812. The USS United States has her sails on the main aback to heave the ship to and prevent her running ahead of the disabled Macedonian.
Derek Gardner was a self-taught British artist who meticulously planned and researched all his pictures, resulting in works exhibiting amazing attention to detail. 'I'm never in a hurry', he said, aged 90. ‘Fools, after all, rush in…' He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Marine artists in 1966.