Vice-Admiral Vian's flagship, 'Scylla' (D-Day, 6 June 1944 or following)

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 4342). For details of the slightly complex history of the acquisition see BHC1590, the start of the set by modern NMM catalogue number.

This work also forms part of a sub-group of eight within the set titled in the 1944 exhibition as 'The Navy's part in the invasion' (ie.D-Day and following in June 1944), with the following group caption: 'The group of pictures of the invasion of Normany are from sketches made by the artist who was present in the destroyer 'Jervis' on D-Day and for some days subsequently.' This one, titled as above, is sixth in the group of which the exhibition listing order is: (1) BHC1635, (2) BHC1595, (3) BHC1636, (4) BHC1621, (5) BHC1594, (6) BHC1637 (7) BHC1638 (8) BHC1590.

Object Details

ID: BHC1637
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Wilkinson, Norman
Events: World War II: Normandy Landings, 1944
Vessels: Scylla 1940
Date made: Mid - Late 20th century; 1944
People: Vian, Philip Louis
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1947
Measurements: Frame: 774 mm x 974 mm x 58 mm

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