Albert Richards

The Landing: H Hour minus 6. In the Distance Glow of the Lancasters Bombing Battery to be Attacked

1944

Artist
Albert Richards 1919–1945
Medium
Graphite, crayon, gouache, watercolour and wax on paper
Dimensions
Support: 540 x 737 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05726

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05726 THE LANDING: H HOUR MINUS 6. IN THE DISTANCE GLOW OF THE LANCASTERS BOMBING BATTERY TO BE ATTACKED 1944

Inscr. ‘Albert Richards - H— 6’ b.r.c. and ‘16·6·44’ b.r.
Watercolour, 21 1/4×29 (53·5×73·5).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1945, and R.A., October–November 1945 (824).

The date, 16 June 1944, inscribed on the drawing suggests that the watercolour was worked up from memory, since D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allies, took place on 6 June 1944 when the artist was engaged in fighting. The drawing shows the preliminary softening up of enemy positions by aerial bombardment six hours before the landing of sea-borne troop sand the beginning of the full attack.

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

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