N05679 GALLABAT, GUNS FIRING ON METEMMA 1940
Inscr. ‘Edward Bawden’ b.r.
Watercolour, 15 1/2×20 1/4 (39×51).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1945, and R.A., October–November 1945 (381).
Repr: William Coldstream, War Pictures by British Artists: Second Series: Soldiers, 1943, pl.46; Eric Newton, War through Artists' Eyes, 1945, p.14 (in colour); Richards, 1946, pl.19 (in colour).
Nos.5679–83 were painted while the artist was attached to Wingate's mission against the Italians in Abyssinia. Gallabat is on the Sudan-Abyssinia border.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I