Four Etched Plates by W L Wyllie, R.A (c.1917)

HOPWOOD RN; Captain Ronald A; WYLLIE. W.L. (Etched by).

OUR FATHERS. To the Memory of the Nameless Killed and Wounded.

Published: London: Dunthorne, Robert,

Date: c.1917

Four Etched Plates by W L Wyllie, R.A. Illustrating The Poem Our Fathers [1913] by Captain Ronald A. Hopwood, R.N. Each plate with integral text and signed by the artist W.L. Wyllie in pencil, bottom left, below the image. Sheet: 363 x 253 mm; Plate: 314 x 214 mm. No date [c1917?]. Plate's numbered I-IV. Plates I-III unmounted, Plate 4 'tipped on' cream card. Plates I-III were 'Tipped on' cream cards but have become loose. Three tissue guards present. All housed in a contemporary green cloth backed folio folder, which has some wear to corners and spine. Two small marks to front cover. Plates in very good clean fresh looking condition. Scarce to find complete with all 4 etched plates.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London PAF2158-PAF2161. Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Ronald Arthur Hopwood (1868–1949) was a naval officer and writer of verse. He began his naval career in 1882 and was acclaimed in 1941 as poet laureate of the Royal Navy by 'Time' magazine. As an author, his first and still best-known work was his poem 'The Laws of the Navy' originally published in the 'Army and Navy Gazette' in 1896. Despite its dedication 'To the Memory of the Nameless Killed and Wounded' , 'Our Fathers' was in fact written during naval manouevres of 1913 and was included in Hopwood's 'The Old Ways and other poems' (1916). This separate undated edition, illustrated by Wyllie, exactly mirrors the republication of 'The Laws of the Navy'. Hopwood published several other books of verse, was also a considerable authority on sailing warships, and continued writing into the Second World War


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