Naval Officers

Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope is one of three large group portraits commissioned by the South African financier Sir Abraham (‘Abe’) Bailey in the aftermath of the Great War. The other two portraits, Statesmen of World War 1 by Sir John Lavery and General Officers of World War 1 by John Singer Sargent are on permanent display in Room 30.  Owing to poor condition, Naval Officers had not been seen for several decades until 2014 when, following a successful appeal for necessary funds to restore the work, it returned to public view in a special display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Explore the conservation of the painting and its frame in the video below.