Minesweeper of the MMS Class, possibly off Harwich, circa 1939
Framed (ref: 5348)
Signed and dated,
Watercolour and gum arabic on board
13 1/4 x 18 in. (33.7 x 46 cm.)
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 12.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 12, page 48-49.
During WW2 Peter Pallot was commander of an MMS Class minesweeper. Although not an official war artist he painted many action pictures of the minesweepers on which he served. In this picture the sweep line running off the stern indicates minesweeping in progress, possibly, (on the basis of the skyline), taking place off Harwich. The port's cranes are on the horizon to the far left. “MMS” class, new-built Motor Minesweepers, were constructed of wood to avoid magnetic mines.
We are grateful to Peter Mann for assistance
Peter Pallot (1910-2012)
Pallott was born circa 1910. He died 4th December 2012. During WW2 he served ascommander of an MMS Class minesweeper, and, although not an official war artist, recorded many of his activities in watercolour. After the war he taught at an art college in Guildford, where he lived, probably Guildford School of Art.
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