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Re: Alex 1941
Posted by dick on September 17, 2019, 0:36:01, in reply to "Re: Alex 1941
I could of course ask you the same question: what is the provenance of your information that Neptune was painted 507C? Do you have any proof?
I too think the works of contemporary artists have their uses in helping us decode wartime black and white images. I think Norton was perfectly capable of painting the tone of 507C accurately in sunlight and in shadow on a ship that was in some 507C https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C177145
What do you see on Neptune's hull around her port anchor in Norton's painting?
What is the provenance of this information? Is there any proof the ship was actually painted as per specification? Is there any proof she was not repainted in another shade? I trust a trained artist with a sensitive eye for color to distinguish between a greenish gray and a bluish gray. Unless there is information available to absolutely verify MS4 was used, I will trust a 1941 painting done from life.
I checked the service history of Neptune. She arrived in Alexandria in July 1941. The caption is dead wrong about Malaya. She was with Force H at Gibralter from the end of 1940, and the port side camou pattern is that of Barham.
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