N05686 TORPEDOED OIL TANKER 1940
Inscr. ‘Muirhead Bone 1940’ b.l. in pencil and ‘Muirhead Bone’ b.r. in ink.
Charcoal, chalk, pen and wash, 23×35 1/2 (58×90).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1941–2, Glasgow, 1945, and R.A., October–November 1945 (940).
Lit: War Pictures at the National Gallery, 1941, pl.8.
Repr: Studio, CXXIII, 1942, p.2; Eric Newton, War through Artists' Eyes, 1945, p.28.
In spite of extensive damage the tanker not only reached port but completed another voyage before being properly repaired. One of the officers remarked to the artist: ‘Looks as if the rats had been at her - more like mice the other side.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I