The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939

The Wapping Group and the Cutty Sark

The Wapping Group have painted the majestic Cutty Sark regularly since 1946 and were also given the wonderful opportunity to visit the site and record the restoration of the ship after the fire of 2007. Here is a selection of the group’s drawings, paintings and photographs relating to the iconic vessel.

Above left: ‘The Cutty Sark after dark’ by Steven Alexander
Above right: ‘Repainting the Cutty Sark’ by Robin Mackervoy

Above: two small studies of the Cutty Sark by Steven Alexander.

Recording the restoration process

Above and below: Messrs Holmes, Banning, Penny, Bryce, Beckett, Killens and Chamberlain on site.

Above right : a study of the restoration by Fred Beckett.
Below: John Bryce’s picture of the restoration reproduced on a grand scale.

Above left: John Killens’ painting ‘Well below the waterline’
Above right: another study of the restoration by John Killens.


After the restoration of the Cutty Sark

Above left: a drawing by John Bryce of the newly-restored Cutty Sark.
Above right: a linocut by John Bryce based on the drawing.

Below is an article focusing on the Cutty Sark written by John Bryce for ‘Multiples’, the journal of the Society of Wood Engravers, number 18 (May 2013). We are grateful to John and to the Chairman, Harry Brockway, for granting us permission to include this very interesting piece in our website ‘Features’ section.

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