German Strong Point in the Château de Sully, near Bayeux

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 4462
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  • medium: ink
  • medium: wash
  • Support: Height 393 mm, Width 571 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: Looking down a track through a wood with vehicles parked under the trees. In the foreground, equipment and debris, including rifles and spades, are strewn on the verges with some British soldiers standing on the right. At the end of the drive stands the Chateau.


On 6 June 1944, Gross accompanied the Royal Army Service Corps who were crossing the Channel to Normandy for D-Day. Gross landed at Gold Beach near Bayeux with the 50th (Northumbrian) Division. Gold comprised of four beaches, running in a row from Le Hamel to La Riviere: Jig Green, Jig Red, King Green and King Red. While waiting his turn to land, he made pencil sketches of troops disembarking on the beaches. Two hours later, he jumped into the sea with his watercolours and paper held over his head. Gross followed the 50th (Northumbrian) Division to Bayeux, where he drew the liberation of the town. The Chateau de Sully is an eighteenth century chateau situated between Bayeux and the Normandy landing beaches.

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission


Anthony Gross 1944

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