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Admiral Vian's action at the Battle of Sirte, 22 March 1942

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Vian, Philip Louis
EventsWorld War II: Second Battle of Sirte, 1942

Object details:

Object ID BHC1614
Description This painting forms part of Norman Wilkinson's ‘The War at Sea’ series, depicting the work of the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and RAF Coastal Command, of which 53 were exhibited under that title at the National Gallery in 1944, and the full set of 54 presented by him to the nation via the War Artists Advisory Committee (this item's WAAC number being LD 4315). For details of the slightly complex history of the acquisition see BHC1590, the start of the set by modern NMM catalogue number. The lead ship is a Dido class cruiser and might be Admiral Vian's flagship HMS 'Cleopatra' (1940).
Date made circa 1942-44

Artist/Maker Wilkinson, Norman
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1947
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 762 mm x 1016 mm; Frame: 907 x 1158 x 72 mm
  • Admiral Vian's action at the Battle of Sirte, 22 March 1942 (BHC1614)
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