Albert Richards

Withdrawing from the Battery after the Battery’s Guns Had Been Destroyed.

1944

Artist
Albert Richards 1919–1945
Medium
Graphite, crayon, gouache and wax on paper
Dimensions
Support: 540 x 737 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05727

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05727 WITHDRAWING FROM THE BATTERY AFTER THE BATTERY'S GUNS HAD BEEN DESTROYED. THE M.O. SETS UP HIS R.A.P. IN A BOMB CRATER 1944

Inscr. ‘Albert Richards H— 2’ b.l.
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 (823).
Repr: Robin Ironside, Painting since 1939, 1947, facing p.32.

Like N05726 this watercolour was almost certainly done from memory; it depicts a situation four hours after the launching of the spearhead attack by advance guard paratroopers on D-Day. Prisoners have been captured and the wounded are being treated at a forward Regimental Aid Post.

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

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