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