Richard Eurich

Survivors from a Torpedoed Ship

1942

Not on display

Artist
Richard Eurich 1903–1992
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 356 × 610 mm
frame: 518 × 772 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05692

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Eurich was born in Bradford, where he studied art before entering the Slade School in London. He painted this while he was an Official War Artist to the Admiralty during the Second World War. The artist said that this picture was based on fact. The sailor in the middle helped the other two to cling, half frozen, to the upturned boat. Although the three men were eventually picked up, the sailor in the centre did not survive.

Gallery label, April 2021

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