Sir Muirhead Bone

Torpedoed Oil Tanker

1940

Artist
Sir Muirhead Bone 1876–1953
Medium
Charcoal, chalk, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 592 x 915 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05686

Not on display

Catalogue entry

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.’

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