N05690 NIGHT RAID ON PORTSMOUTH DOCKS 1941 1941–2
Inscr. ‘R. Eurich. 1942.’ b.r.
Canvas, 31×50 (79×127).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: R.A., 1944 (710), as ‘Night Raid 1941’; National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1944; Spring Exhibition, Bradford, March–June 1945 (225); National War Pictures, R.A., October–November 1945 (325).
The artist wrote (8 September 1956): ‘Painted not long after I became full time painter to the Admiralty. The drawings for this were made on the day after the heavy bombing partly due to the presence of two battleships in the harbour. The topography is pretty accurate though telescoped a bit in places. It was done from the signal tower, which explains the elevation. H.M.S. Victory can be seen over the roof tops.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I