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December 7, 2004

A wonderful watercolour caricature of passengers on board the S.S. Persia, Bombay to England in 1909 signed M.C. Richards, measuring 14" x 10" on card.

A total of twenty people (Do you recognise anyone famous) all very well observed, painted obviously by someone who knew his business.

The S.S. Persia was sunk off Crete 30 December 1915 by a German U-Boat, it was the subject in January of a BBC Scotland Timewatch programme looking into the rumour that at the time of sinking she was carrying a large quantity of gold and jewels belonging to the Maharaja Jagatjij Singh.

Among the passengers to survive were John Walter Edward Scott Montague (Montague of Beulieu) his secretary and girlfriend Elanor Thornton who was the model for the "Spirit of Ecstasy" mascot by Charles Sykes perished.

Sent by Darius Kadivar

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