Air Fight over Portland, 1940

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 769
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 762 mm, Width 1019 mm
  • Frame: Height 946 mm, Width 1198 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: A view of an air fight over Portland with contrails and aircraft in the sky.


Richard Eurich worked for the War Artists Advisory Committee for a number of years during the Second World War. In November 1940 he was commissioned by the Committee to undertake a picture of the recent air raid over Portland. Eurich’s love for the sea and his often unusual choice of perspective combine admirably in the resulting painting. The exact events of the raid are secondary to the treatment of the sea and clouds mirroring each other in their movements. Eurich gives a wry description of the painting in a letter in which he bemoans the lack of warships and apologises for the lack of overt action.

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War Artists Advisory Committee Commission


R. EURICH 1940.

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