This is a life sketch for the painting of a group of officers, 'Naval Officers of World War I', 1921, at the National Portrait Gallery, by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope. This sketch is a half-length portrait of David, 1st Earl Beatty, facing left, and wearing undress uniform. He received the surrender of the German fleet in 1918, and was promoted to First Sea Lord by the time of this portrait. The other officers in the finished portrait include Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot, Bt; Sir Horace Hood; Sir John Michael De Roebeck, Bt; Roger Keyes, 1st Baron Keyes; Sir Cecil Burney, Bt; David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty; Sir Trevylyan Napier and Louis Alexander. The son of Charles West Cope, RA, the artist was a prolific portrait painter with a successful society practice. From 1874 he attended the Royal Academy School and exhibited there throughout his career. He became an Academician in 1910, was knighted in 1917 and appointed KCVO in 1927. He also ran his own art school in South Kensington. The painting has been signed by the artist and is dated 1920. See also BHC3042.
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National Maritime Museum
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