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Nautical Art Painting (Oil Painting) [HMS Cornwallis]

Oil painting (Overall Size: 16 x 20 in. Unframed.)


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Oil painting (Overall Size: 16 x 20 in. Unframed.)

“British Naval Frigate HMS Cornwallis”
Painting Oil on Canvas Board
Artist: Keith Reynolds (b 1929..)

Original Nautical Art use for Postage Stamp!

Stunning oil painting of British Naval Frigate HMS Cornwallis with amazing detail, depth and colors. A real beauty ! Unframed.

Note: Very few original Keith Reynolds paintings appear on the market. Most of what you will see are prints and lithographs of his paintings. This Original painting was actually used for the Marshall Islands 23c British Naval Frigate HMS Cornwallis stamp issued October 14, 1993.


Keith Reynolds (American, B. 1929) “British Naval Frigate HMS Cornwallis” Signed lower right. Original oil painting on Canvas Board.

Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.

NOTE: *This painting originally appeared on the Republic of the Marshall Islands 23c British Naval Frigate HMS Cornwallis stamp issued October 14, 1993. See the stamps as issued in 1993 in the enlargebale images below

Built in 1791, the British Naval Frigate HMS Cornwallis was an extremely large craft, measuring over 166 feet from bow to stern. Also known as the Akbar during her sailing career, she was believed to have been constructed in Calcutta. Captain Charles Johnston assumed command of the Cornwallis in 1806, piloting her from the Sandwich Islands to Macao, China. It was during this voyage that the crew spotted part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Captain Johnston named the land he sighted “Smyth’s Island,” which is today known as Taongi.

Overall Size: 16 x 20 in.

* See enlargeable images above and below



Keith L. Reynolds has been actively painting since 1961. He is an award winning member of the Society of Illustrators, New York, where he has been a member since 1964. Mr. Reynolds was born in Seattle, WA in 1929 and spent the early years of his life on Puget Sound plying its waters on the fishing boats, tugs and ferries that later would become the subjects of his paintings. He studied fine art at the University of Oregon, and upon graduation served in the military in the Sea of Japan. He returned to school at the Art Center College of Design to gain a BA in Professional Arts.

His work has been exhibited internationally, his paintings and prints enjoying great popularity in the far east. Most recently he has attended annual exhibitions of his work in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe. His work has appeared editorially in such publications as Yacht Digest in Milano, Italy, Boat Now, Japan, and Sail and The Yacht magazines in the USA. Now, his primary areas of interest are the shores, waters and craft of New England, the Chesapeake, Nova Scotia and Florida – thought trips to Greece, England, the Far East and the Continent have culminated in well-received prints and canvases.

Since publishing his first limited edition serigraph in 1980, Mr. Reynolds has gained international recognition for his prints and posters. His “Duel,” the official America’s Cup poster (1983) is one of the most popular marine pieces ever issued and is considered a classic. His affiliation with The Cup continued through 1995, including 1987 when he produced the official commemorative print for the Royal Perth Yacht Club, as well as official posters for “The Americans” syndicates.

A recent review in the Baltimore Sun said “Mr. Reynolds paints clean, highly detailed portraits of turn-of-the-century and modern yachts poised starkly before a blend of sea and sky….his sleek craft seem to cut through like a knife.” Another reviewer once noted, “There is an obvious fascination (in Reynolds’ work) with the vast planes of light and space of the sea.”