N05722 SUBMARINES IN DRY DOCK 1940
Watercolour, 17×22 1/2 (43×57).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, R.A., October–November 1945 (182); Eastbourne and Brighton, 1948 (39).
Ravilious was attached to the Admiralty with the honorary rank of Captain, Royal Marines, from 10 February 1940, and this picture was painted before 12 April of that year as is clear from correspondence at the Imperial War Museum. It was probably painted at Chatham or Sheerness where he spent the greater part of his time during the first two months of his service as a War Artist.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II