Featuring Queen Elizabeth 2 on her first homecoming to the river where she began her illustrious career, this painting captures the supreme elegance of the liner in the beautiful Firth of Clyde. As a backdrop, Hunter's Quay and Dunoon nestle beneath the hazy blue hills of the Cowal peninsula, enjoying this brief reminder of when the river was one of Britain's busiest shipping thoroughfares. In over 250 years of shipbuilding on the Clyde, some 35,000 new vessels witnessed this lovely vista, taking their first eager steps towards the open sea.
The occasion which brought about QE2's only appearance on these waters for over twenty years, was Cunard's 150th Anniversary celebrations in 1990. As a tangible reminder of this important company milestone, the Chairman of Cunard and Vice-Chairman of the parent company, purchased this original painting for his personal office in London. A colleague quoted Sir Eric Parker as saying the picture was his 'pride and joy'.