Signed Presentation Portrait of Admiral Sir Henry Oliver, 1927
Signed Presentation Portrait of Admiral Sir Henry Oliver, 1927
Signed Presentation Portrait of Admiral Sir Henry Oliver, 1927
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Signed Presentation Portrait of Admiral Sir Henry Oliver, 1927

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Overall: 28cm (11in) x 23.5cm (9.2in)

Full length portrait in uniform with his spaniel aboard the super-dreadnought H.M.S. Revenge. Signed and dated in ink lower right in black ink 'H. F. Oliver 1927’. Photograph by J. Russell & Sons, Royal Photographers, Southsea. Framed and glazed.

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Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Francis Oliver (1865-1965) entered the Navy in 1878, and specialised in navigation. In 1913 he was appointed to the Admiralty War Staff as Director of the Intelligence Division. He then successively held the appointments of first Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Chief of the Admiralty War Staff from 1914 to 1917. In 1918 he left Whitehall to take command of the Second Battle Cruiser Squadron in the Grand Fleet, where he remained till the conclusion of peace in 1919. For a large period of the war Oliver was a key figure in the prosecution of the war effort. His alleged ‘centralisation' has come in for much criticism from supporters of the Naval Staff system. After the war Oliver took command of the Home Fleet, and was appointed Second Sea Lord at the Admiralty. His final service was as Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet from 1924 to 1927. He attained the rank of Admiral of the Fleet in 1928 and retired in 1933 after 54 years in the service.