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Chivalry

Chivalry

chivalry

 

60.0Cm X 90.0Cm Oil On Canvas. Phillip Carrero.

Bradley’s Head, With The Mast And Fighting Tower Of  WWI HMAS Sydney.
Reason for the name,
The WWI story goes like this:
On 9 November 1914, Sydney was detailed to leave the convoy to investigate reports of an unknown vessel off the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This vessel turned out to be the German cruiser SMS Emden. In the resulting engagement, Sydney was hit early by the long-ranging 10.5 cm guns of Emden, which resulted in four dead and twelve wounded. However, the superior firepower of the Australian cruiser’s broadside soon told and Emden was left “beached and done for” on North Keeling Island.
The “un-told” story goes like this:
The Sydney picked up survivors of the SMS Emden, amongst whom was the German Captain von Müller.  Now, it just happened that him and Captain Glossop of the Sydney used to play tennis before the war. So, upon return to Sydney Harbour the flags were dipped in honor to the HMAS Sydney’s victory at sea.
Yet, Captain Glossop gave the honors to Captain von Müller for his valiant fight to the very end before his ship was beached by the Sydney’s fire power.
But that’s not all, the captain of the Sydney gave his German counterpart his own cabin during the sail home, in recognition of their friendship. That to me, is called “Chivalry”.
… this was also the last painting I did without people in it.
Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)