Richard Eurich

Survivors from a Torpedoed Ship

1942

Artist
Richard Eurich 1903–1992
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 356 x 610 mm
frame: 518 x 772 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05692

Not on display

Display caption

Eurich was born in Bradford, where he studied art before entering the Slade School. The three paintings shown here were made between 1940 and 1945, when he was Official War Artist to the Admiralty. Eurich later taught at Camberwell and in 1953 was elected Royal Academician.

The artist said that this picture was based on fact. The sailor in the middle helped the other two to cling, half frozen, to the boat, which they daren’t try to turn upright. Although the three men were eventually picked up the black sailor did not survive.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N05692 SURVIVORS FROM A TORPEDOED SHIP 1942
 
Inscr. ‘R. Eurich. 1942.’ b.r.
Canvas, 14×24 (36×61).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1943, and R.A., October–November 1945 (62).
Repr: Eric Newton, War through Artists' Eyes, 1945, p.45.

‘The picture is based on fact - a negro helped two other sailors to cling, half frozen to the boat, which they daren't try to right. They were picked up eventually but the negro I regret to say perished’ (letter from the artist, 8 September 1956).

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

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