Derek George Montague Gardner 1914 – 2007; an English painter and member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Gardner was called up in 1939 and initially served as an anti-submarine officer on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Broke. He was demobbed in 1946 and joined the Colonial Service, serving in Kenya from 1951. Once settled with his family in Nekuru, Rift Valley Province, he painted local scenes in oil, watercolour and pastel. This work is from Gardner's early period using pastels to show the mountain range with the Menengai crater at it’s summit. The largest crater in Kenya, Menegai has a diameter of 4.5 miles and a summit of 7,452 feet. He returned to England with his family in 1963, retired to Dorset and began painting maritime subjects. His detailed paintings found a ready market, and he held several exhibitions in London. He is best known for his paintings of warships from the Napoleonic Wars, and paintings of clippers from later in the 19th century.
Kenyan circa 1950. Within a gilt gesso frame, overall dimensions: 13 in x 10 in
The work: 8.5 in x 5.75 in