Diorama of the Ark Royal
A delightful 1950’s diorama of the Ark Royal, formerly on display as part of a maritime museum.
Completely scratch built including the case, then hand painted and displayed in a seascape setting. The quality is good and it remains in very original and untouched condition. There is a light fitted to the roof which is untested but could be rewired and two hooks on the top, meaning it can free stand or be hung from above.
The Ark Royal was an English galleon, originally ordered for Sir Walter Raleigh and later purchased by the crown for service in the Tudor navy. She was used as the English flagship in a number of engagements, including the battles that resulted in the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and had a long career spanning over 50 years. Her fame led to a number of later warships of the Royal Navy being named Ark Royal in her honour, including a number of flagships of the fleet.