Hardback208 PagesSize: 270 x 249 mm
Includes 125 colour and 25 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9781848221680Publication: October 28, 2015


'a timely reminder of forgotten artists who not only recorded historical detail, but also enhanced art in the early part of the 20th century.' Antiques Trade Gazette

Art and the War at Sea


Edited by Christine Riding, with contributions by Robert J. Blyth, Andrew Choong, John Graves, Jeremy Michell, Amy Miller, Melanie Vandenbrouck and Pieter van der Merwe

£40.00 GBP

  • The first study to focus on the art of war in the 20th century from a distinctly naval and maritime perspective
  • Published in association with the National Maritime Museum
  • Includes exceptional examples of naval and maritime art, drawn primarily from the National Maritime Museum's collection, by artists such as Muirhead and Stephen Bone, Richard Eurich, Eric Ravilious and Norman Wilkinson


While many publications have engaged with the events, artists and poets associated with war fought on land, the cultural history of the war at sea has been neglected. This original book redresses this imbalance by being the first study to focus on the art of war in the first half of the 20th century from a distinctly naval and maritime perspective.

Drawing on the first-class collections of paintings, works on paper (including drawings, photography and posters) and archival material, such as private papers, journals and memoirs, held at the National Maritime Museum, London, the artistic response to the war at sea is analysed in the context of specific focus points such as the major arenas of naval conflict; life on board ships, aircraft carriers and submarines; the experiences of prisoners of war and the response of artists to the commemoration and legacy of key maritime events.

Featuring the work of established and lesser known artists, this publication will make an invaluable contribution to war art scholarship while also presenting a little known aspect of a major museum collection.

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