Sketches of crew members of RMS Oriental, circa 1900
Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 210 x 270 mm (sheet), signed at centre ‘S.P. Sabin’ and initialled at botom right ‘S.P.S.’; and captioned by the artist in upper margin ‘P. & O. Beauties’ and below centre ‘The Ship’s bell’; unmounted; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships sailing to the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including R.M.S. Oriental, R.M.S. Coromandel and R.M.S. Sobraon, as well as the hospital ship Nubia, a P. & O. ship used by the Royal Navy in the Second Anglo-Boer War.