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Interior of a Naval P.O.W's room Marlag 'O'

PAJ1975
Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours
ExhibitionsWar Artists at Sea
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID PAJ1975
Description John Worsley joined the Royal Navy in 1939. His depictions of life on board ship were soon acquired by the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC), and he was quickly made an official war artist. In 1943, he was captured in the Mediterranean and spent the rest of the war in a naval officer's prison camp, Marlag ‘O’ at Westertimke, near Bremen in north Germany. Worsley continued to record the war while in captivity He received artistic supplies from the Red Cross and his talents were employed for the decoration of the barracks. Other goods were used to build makeshift heating systems. The men were very resourceful in organizing entertainment to fend off boredom and despair, the twin evils of captivity.
Date made 1944

Artist/Maker Worsley, John Godfrey Bernard
Place made Germany
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1947
Materials watercolour on paper
Measurements Sheet: 304 x 454 mm; Mount: 480 x 632 mm
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  • Interior of a Naval P.O.W's room Marlag 'O' (PAJ1975)
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