[In pencil underneath the image:] "ML's" on Patrol-possibly commissioned from Francis Edward Foster (who knew Mason) was on the 'North Sea' Patrol & Commander of "flotilla".
Etching. 254 x 381mm. 10 x 15".
A group of ML ships on patrol in the North Sea. Frank Henry Mason (1876 - 1965) was a cadet on HMS Conway. Having served in the Royal Navy in the First World War, Mason became a war artist, with several such images held at the Imperial War Museum. Between the wars he became a full-time artist, working as an illustrator, a poster artist for railway companies, and supplying posters and postcards for shipping companies. From 1900 onwards he exhibited at the RA, and was awarded R.I. in 1929. Mason illustrated the book North Sea Fishers and Fighters in 1911, and was a 'significant artist of marine and coastal scenes, as well as an illustrator of shipping books'.
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