Edward Ardizzone On a Fortified Island, the Night Watch 1941

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Artwork details

Artist
Edward Ardizzone 1900–1979
Title
On a Fortified Island, the Night Watch
Date 1941
Medium Watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 273 x 349 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05672
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05672 ON A FORTIFIED ISLAND, THE NIGHT WATCH 1941
 
Not inscribed.  
Watercolour, pen and ink (sight), 10 3/4×13 3/4 (26·5×25).  
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.  
Exh: National War Pictures, provincial galleries and National Gallery, 1945 (no catalogue).
Repr: William Coldstream, War Pictures by British Artists: Second Series: Soldiers, 1943, pl.25; Eric Newton, War through Artists' Eyes, 1945, p.16.

The artist explained (letter of 7 October 1959) that ‘the island was Inchkeith in the Firth of Forth. It was heavily fortified and armed with a battery of large guns in concrete emplacements.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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