WYLLIE. William Lionel (etched by) ~ (SIGNED) Four Etched Plates by W.L. Wyllie R.A. Illustrating the Poem 'Our Fathers' by Captain Ronald A Hopwood RN. To the Memory of the Nameless Killed and Wounded.
London: Dunthorne, Robert, c1917
A set of four Etched Plates by W L Wyllie, R.A. Illustrating The Poem Our Fathers  by Captain Ronald A. Hopwood, R.N. Each plate with integral text and signed by the artist W.L. Wyllie in pencil, bottom left, below the image. Plate's numbered I-IV. Plates I-III unmounted, Plate 4 'tipped on' cream card. Plates I-III were 'Tipped on' cream cards but have become loose. Three tissue guards present. Each Sheet: 363 x 253 mm; Each etched Plate: 314 x 214 mm. No date [c1917?] . All housed in a contemporary green cloth backed folio folder, which has some wear to corners and spine. Two small marks to front cover. Plates in very good clean fresh looking condition. Scarce to find complete with all 4 etched plates. Sets located at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London PAF2158-PAF2161, & Imperial War Museum.
"Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Ronald Arthur Hopwood (1868-1949) was a naval officer and writer of verse. He began his naval career in 1882 and was acclaimed in 1941 as poet laureate of the Royal Navy by 'Time' magazine'. Despite its dedication 'To the Memory of the Nameless Killed and Wounded' , 'Our Fathers' was in fact written during naval manoeuvres of 1913 and was included in Hopwood's 'The Old Ways and other poems' (1916). However, in its form and layout, this separate undated edition, illustrated by Wyllie, exactly mirrors the republication of 'The Laws of the Navy', as also separately reissued during the war with etched illustrations by Lieutenant Rowland Langmaid RN (another well-known marine artist), but which came first remains to be clarified. Hopwood published several other books of verse, was also a considerable authority on sailing warships, and continued writing into the Second World War. Robert Dunthorne, who published Wyllie's version of 'Our Fathers' was the London (Bond Street) dealer with whom he had a long association from 1883". (National Maritime Museum)
Wyllie, William Lionel (1851–1931), artist and writer. Wyllie spent much time at sea and did a good deal of work for the White Star shipping line. Following his move to a house overlooking the entrance to Portsmouth harbour in 1907 he became more closely involved with the Royal Navy, and it was with renewed energy that he depicted First World War scenes and events, sailing with the fleet by special licence in order to make drawings. (ONDB)