'A Zeppelin raid, 8 October 1915'

John Fraser came from a nautical family and travelled extensively, like his contemporary John Everett. It is not known where he received his artistic training but he worked for some time as assistant to Edouardo de Martino, marine painter to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. This dark, sombre picture, however, is not a marine painting at all but records a night-time zeppelin raid on London during the First World War. The zeppelin can be faintly seen, illuminated by searchlights and the glow of the burning building to the right.

Object Details

ID: BHC0660
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Fraser, John
Events: World War I, 1914-1918
Date made: circa 1915 - 1918; circa 1915-18
Exhibition: Art for the Nation; Artists' Bequests War Artists at Sea
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Fund
Measurements: Painting: 457 mm x 305 mm; Frame: 742 mm x 587 mm x 103 mm

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