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This is a life sketch for the painting of a group of officers, 'Naval Officers of World War I', 1921, at the National Portrait Gallery, by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope. This sketch is a half-length portrait of David, 1st Earl Beatty, facing left, and wearing undress uniform. He received the surrender of the German fleet in 1918, and was promoted to First Sea Lord by the time of this portrait. The other officers in the finished portrait include Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot, Bt; Sir Horace Hood; Sir John Michael De Roebeck, Bt; Roger Keyes, 1st Baron Keyes; Sir Cecil Burney, Bt; David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty; Sir Trevylyan Napier and Louis Alexander.
oil on canvas
H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm