Albert Richards

Paratroops outside Breville

1944

Artist
Albert Richards 1919–1945
Medium
Crayon, wax and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 562 x 787 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05728

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05728 PARATROOPS OUTSIDE BRéVILLE 1944

Inscr. ‘Albert Richards’ b.r.
Watercolour, 22 1/8×31 (56×78·5).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1945, and R.A., October–November 1945 (770).
Repr: V. & A., Twentieth Century British Water-Colours, 1958, pl.38.

There is a typed label on the back of this picture with the following words: ‘9 Bn., Paratroops outside Bréville (there to stay)’. Bréville is a village between Caen and the sea and was the scene of a successful battle waged by the Parachute Regiment of the 6th Airborne Division on 12 June 1944. The taking of Bréville closed a gap in the Allied arc of advance that the Germans never attempted to reopen. (Information from W. P. Mayes, Imperial War Museum, 7 November 1962.)

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

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