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
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
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
interesting old photos of ordinary people, places, political leaders,