N05697 LIBERATION AND BATTLE OF FRANCE: THE CHURCH OF ST JEAN AMONG THE RUINS OF CAEN, NORMANDY 1944
Inscr. ‘Anthony Gross 1944’ b.l. and ‘Eglise St Jean - Caen’ b.c.
Watercolour, 15 1/2×22 1/2 (39×57).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1945, and R.A., October–November 1945 (746).
In 1944 the artist was attached to the 50th Northumbrian Division and landed in Normandy on D-Day (6 June 1944). This and the following three drawings were done during the campaign. On the right is a fire position built of stone and rubble facing towards the canal and Faubourg of Vauxelles. After the fall of Caen heavy fighting went on for more than a week in the ruins of the city.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I