The Royal Society of Marine Artists: Prelude offers a sneak peak of the delights in store at the society's Annual Exhibition. In the Prelude, each exhibiting member artist will display one standout piece. Here, Paul Wright RSMA talks us through his painting in the Prelude. 

Paul Wright RSMA, HMS Vanguard

HMS Vanguard was the last British battleship completed in 1946. She was a war 'emergency' ship, with a modern design, and 15-inch guns salvaged from two ships which had been converted into aircraft carriers.

The Vanguard's construction had been long-lived and her design was frequently revised, as experiences in WWII altered ideas around naval engineering. These disruptions and delays prevented the Vanguard from being completed before the end of the war. By the time she was finished, HMS Vanguard was the largest battleship built in Britain, and a very effective unit of the fleet - although her only notable mission was to take the Royal Family to South Africa in 1947.

When Paul Wright RSMA was a ten-year-old schoolboy, he visited HMS Vanguard in the Solent. The experience sparked his lifelong interest in historic warships and inspired his career as a maritime artist.

This paintings will be on display at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition (11 to 20 October). Works also available to purchase before the exhibition. For more information about purchasing or commissioning a work, contact or telephone 020 7930 6844.

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