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.
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