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Submarines at H.M.S. Dolphin
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Submarines at H.M.S. Dolphin

Circa 1965

Measurements: Overall: 80cm (31.5in) x 110cm (43.5in)



Oil on canvas. Oberon-class submarines (HMS Orpheus S11 and another) moored at H.M.S. Dolphin - home of the Royal Navy Submarine Service from 1904 to 1999. Framed.


Deirdre Henty-Creer, F.R.S.A. (1918-2012) was born in Australia into a naval family, originally from the Isle of Man. She was the daughter of Lt Cdr R.C. Creer, R.A.N., and Eulalie Henty, the granddaughter of a prominent Wester Province politician. Her parents divorced in 1927 and she came to England with her mother who changed the family name to Henty-Creer. Her brother Henty Henty-Creer, who worked as a cameraman (on The Four Feathers (1939), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and 49th Parallel (1941)), was commissioned in the R.N.V.R. and lost his life in 1943 when the commander of the midget submarine X-5 during Operation Source - the attack on the German warship Tirpitz moored in Kaafjord, northern Norway. 

Between 1940-45 Deirdre Henty-Creer worked as an accredited artist to the Ministry of Information. She later exhibited at the Royal Academy, The New English Art Club and Royal Society of British Artists, The Army Art Society and numerous commercial and provincial galleries. She was a Committee Member of the Armed Forces Art Society; a member of the United Society of Artists and the exhibiting society known as the Ridley Art Club. Her first single artist exhibition took place at the Fine Art Society, Bond Street in 1943 and her second at the Cooling Gallery in 1946.