Cunardart – working along with a master to create a ‘masterpiece’

Charcoal sketch of ‘Maiden Voyage’ from details provided by the author to the artist

As a Cunard collector, historian and chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society it has long been a goal of mine to commission a painting depicting the birth of Cunard Line in 1840. Time and circumstance eventually brought me together with the renowned marine artist Robert Lloyd. For almost two years we would collaborate on this painting and the result was ‘Maiden Voyage’ – a beautiful rendition of RMS Britannia in Halifax, Nova Scotia July 17, 1840 following her maiden crossing from Liverpool England, and thus giving birth to Cunard Line as we know it today.

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