W.L. Wyllie R.A.
H.M.S. Victory & The Panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Produced by Nigel Grundy
Nominated for The Maritime Foundation’s Film and Documentary Award, 2006.
To recognise those who have made films or documentaries that have made ‘the most significant contribution in raising public awareness of the United Kingdom’s maritime affairs’.
W.L. Wyllie (1851-1931) was one of the most respected and prolific Marine Artists of his period. He was a major player among the bodies responsible for bringing H.M.S. Victory into dry-dock. To help with her restoration fund he painted in his 79th year, the 42'x12' Panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar', on display at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth.
This DVD, produced by Nigel Grundy in association with the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth, chronicles Wyllie's life, his arrival in Portsmouth in 1906, the docking of H.M.S. Victory & the painting of the Panorama, by showing many of Wyllie's oils, watercolours & etchings, alongside documentary material from the period.
The programme also explains in detail the technical aspects and issues involved during the 1999 restoration and conservation programme that the Panorama underwent, with the leading experts involved describing and graphically illustrating the part that they played in that unusual event.