Colony-class Light Cruiser
Ordered in December 1937 from Alexander Stephens of Govan Glasgow under the 1937 Estimates and laid down as Job No 566, on 18 June 1938.
She was launched by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester on 18 August 1939 and completed on 28 August 1940.
During 1941 she saw action in Force H and Malta convoys, sinking the German tanker Kota Pinang on 3 October 1941 and helping destroy nine German vessels in the Vaagso raid on 29 December 1941.
Her bow was damaged by an Italian torpedo during Operation Pedestal on the 13 August 1942 and she underwent repairs and refit in the UK until the end of that year.
The painting shows HMS Kenya as she appeared in early 1942, camouflaged in dark Mountbatten pink.