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Dazzle painting on WWI tanker

artist unknown

Dazzle painting on WWI tanker

Date: 1918

Media: chromolithograph on paper

Size: 272 x 910 mm

Acquired: Found in collection

Accession Number: 89.43I


Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
17 February 2015, 16:48

Hi there David,

Thank you for your comment - I will gladly pass this on to the Curator of Images of Industry.

Digital Team

David Craddock
17 February 2015, 12:32
Hello - I came across this in your collection and wondered if I might help find some provenance for it. While it would be difficult to trace the artist, it is one of a series of ship type profiles produced under guidance of Norman Wilkinson at Burlington House between summer of 1917 and the end of the war. These were litho printed, probably by Malby and Son, and distributed to one of 8 ports where, under the supervision of a "Dazzle Officer", the designs were applied to ships during their turn round in port. Bristol would have been the nearest port where this was carried out. I don't know if this is any help. If so do not hesitate to contact me and I can maybe fill in a little more background. I have examples of similar drawings held by IWM and by Rhode Island School of Design in the US who hold an excellent collection of similar drawings for US Navy Dept.

Kind regards, David Craddock
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