Setting Topgallants: The China Clipper "Ambassador" - Derek G.M. Gardner - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
Derek George Montague Gardner is best known as an English painter. He became widely recognised as one of the leading English painters of marine subjects.
He joined the RNVR as a 20-year-old midshipman, and took up painting watercolours of warships.
Gardner was called up in August 1939, shortly after the Second World War broke out, and served as anti-submarine officer on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Broke. His ship escorted convoys in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, and was then posted to the Mediterranean to support the Operation Torch landings in North Africa.
Gardner joined the Colonial Service after the war, serving in Kenya from 1951. He moved to Nakuru, where he painted oils, watercolours and pastels of local scenes, such as flamingos on a nearby soda lake.
He returned to England and turned to painting maritime subjects. His detailed paintings found a ready market, and he held several exhibitions in London. He is best known for his paintings of warships from the Napoleonic Wars, and paintings of clippers from later in the 19th century.
He was a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and also a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.