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Keeper of the Seas

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Keeper of the Seas - print from painting by Graham Turner of the Earl of Warwick's ships in action in the Channel Keeper of the Seas Ref: Gic-G350

Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, was appointed Captain of Calais - the last remaining English outpost in France - after his part in the 1455 Battle of St. Albans, and over the coming years the port would play a crucial role in the Yorkists' future success, providing a refuge in times of crisis, and a base from which to launch fresh campaigns.

From Calais Warwick enhanced his reputation as a man of action by carrying out numerous attacks on shipping, appealing to many of his countrymen who saw his exploits as some recompense for the humiliating defeats in France; 'erle of Warrewyk, having a strong and a myghte naveye kepte the strayte see'.

On 28th May 1458 a Spanish fleet was spotted - 'wherof there was xvj grete schippis of forecastell' - and Warwick sent 'fyve schippis of forecastell and iij carvellis and iiij spynnes' to intercept them. The battle off Calais lasted all day, and is described in a letter from John Jernyngan to Margaret Paston: 'and there we took vj of her schippis... And as men sayne there was not so gret a batayle upon the se this xl wyntyr'.

Here, flying Warwick's distinctive colours, one of the English 'shippis of forecastell' comes alongside a heavily laden Spanish ship and prepares to board her, while similar actions take place in the background. Ship design was rapidly advancing through this period, with additional masts being added, and hulls traditionally built with overlapping planks, as here (and on the mid-fifteenth century ship recently excavated in Newport), being superseded by flush 'carvel' planking developed in the Mediterranean and seen on the Spanish ship in the painting. Sea battles were still fought and won by boarding the enemy, with guns slow to be adopted in naval warfare.

Gicle Print published from a gouache painting by Graham Turner.

Each print individually printed to order on very high quality heavyweight paper, and then signed on the border by the artist.

Sizes given are approximate and include a border.

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Available in two alternative sizes - select size required below -
21.5"x 17" overall size has an image size of 17"x 12.5" (432mm x 317mm)
16.5"x 12" overall size has an image size of 13"x 9.5" (329mm x 241mm)

Approximate overall print size
21.5"x 17" (55cm x 43cm) 79.00
16.5"x 12" (42cm x 30cm) 59.00



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Detail from Keeper of the Seas - painting by Graham Turner of the Earl of Warwick's ships in action in the Channel
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