Leslie Wilcox was a renowned maritime painter of his era. His works are in many collections worldwide, including the British Maritime Museum. Born in Fulham, a part of a family of five children, he won a national newspaper’s art competition at the age of 14 with a watercolour painting of an aeroplane, and on the strength of this was apprenticed to an advertising studio on The Strand in London. He served during the war initially in the Naval Patrol Service until his artistic skills meant he became a camofleur – spending the rest of the war in Leamington Spa at the Naval Camouflage Unit. His commercial designs such as this show his skill as an artist. In 1953 he was commissioned to paint the Royal Yacht Britannia passing under Tower Bridge – as HM The Queen returned from her successful Commonwealth Tour.