1878 - 1971
Screw Steamer Tauri

Oil on canvas, signed lower right
Image size: 23 ½ x 35 ½ inches (60 x 90 cm)
Original frame

Aylesford Newsprint, Kent
Private Collection


Sir Norman Wilkinson was a successful marine painter and illustrator.  He was also responsible for developing the concept of ‘dazzle camouflage’ for British warships during the First World War.  

A screw steamer is an old term for a steamship powered by a steam engine, using one or more propellors (also known as screws) to propel it through the water.  The Tauri, depicted here in all her splendour by Wilkinson, was built in 1949 by William Gray & Co of Hartlepool.  She was used as a cargo steamer for the next twenty-five years, before being broken up in Istanbul in 1975.

We have a number of Norman Wilkinson’s paintings at the gallery, including a magnificent view of St Paul’s from across the Thames, and some of his original artworks for railway posters.