Arthur Beaumont 
Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE
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American (1890-1978)

Watercolor on Paper Dated 1944
23 ¾ x 17 ½ Inches 28 ⅝ x 34 ¼ Inches Framed
LR Arthur Beaumont / c 1944  
   

Arthur Beaumont 
 
American (1890-1978)
 
Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE
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Watercolor on Paper Dated 1944
23 ¾ x 17 ½ Inches 28 ⅝ x 34 ¼ Inches Framed
LR Arthur Beaumont / c 1944  
   

Arthur Edwaine Beaumont was known for his loose yet highly accurate portrayals of Naval ships and his signature style is evident in "Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. ENTERPRISE," painted in 1944.

The USS Enterprise (CV-6), which was sometimes known as "Big E," was a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier that was active from 1936 to 1947. The ENTERPRISE was awarded 20 battle stars, making it the most decorated ship of WWII. Nicknamed the Grey Ghost, the Japanese announced that she was sunk three different times. ENTERPRISE participated in more action with Japan than any other United States ship and was one of only three carriers commissioned by the US before WWII that survived the war.

ENTERPRISE was first based in San Diego, and classic movie fans may recognize her from "Dive Bomber" a 1941 film that starred Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray. Later, President Roosevelt ordered her to move to Pearl Harbor and the carrier transported aircraft among the island bases of the Pacific. Enterprise was at sea on its way back to Hawaii after completing one of these missions when it received a radio message from Pearl Harbor reporting that the base was under attack. On that fateful day on December 7th, 1941, Grunman F4F Wildcat fighters screened the Enterprise so that she could enter Pearl Harbor for fuel and supplies. The next morning she sailed early to patrol for other threats against the island. A few days later, she sank Japanese submarine 1-70.

ENTERPRISE saw a lot of action besides Pearl Harbor and also participated in the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf ... Read More


Provenance: Private Collection: Orange County, California; Private Collection: Rancho Santa Fe, California