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Naval officers room at Marlag O, prisoner of war camp

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Object details:

Object ID BHC1672
Description Worsley was a prisoner-of-war at the naval prison camp Marlag ‘O’ (at Westertimke, near Bremen) and secretly made many paintings and drawings of his fellow inmates, including Godfrey Place (BHC2954). This shows the officers’ room and conveys the air of boredom and confinement as the men try to find ways to kill time: sleeping, reading, smoking, listening to music. Compositionally, the picture draws on the traditional form of the conversation-piece, echoing earlier works such as Hogarth’s ‘Lord George Graham in his cabin’ (BHC2720). Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee, 1946.
Date made 1944-1945

Artist/Maker Worsley, John Godfrey Bernard
Place made Germany
Credit © Crown copyright. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1947
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Overall: 12 kg; Painting: 610 mm x 750 mm; Frame: 724 mm x 874 mm x 80 mm
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