Richard Eurich Survivors from a Torpedoed Ship 1942

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Eurich 1903–1992
Title
Survivors from a Torpedoed Ship
Date 1942
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

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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.

September 2004

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