John Edgar Platt:
Wartime Traffic on the River Thames: River Minesweepers, Night Scene, 1942
Framed (ref: 130)
Oil on panel, 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (24.5 x 19 cm.)
Tags: John Edgar Platt Highlights of 20/21 Art Fair maritime topography
Provenance: the artist's estate
Literature: The Public Catalogue Foundation, ImperialWar Museum, London, 2006, p. 191.
This work depicts a view along the RiverThames from under Blackfriars Railway Bridge, showing a minesweeper flying the white ensign as it sails under Blackfriars Bridge. A column of the old Blackfriars Railway Bridge is visible on the left; a small section ofWaterloo Bridge can be seen in the distance.There is a painting of the same subject in the ImperialWar Museum (IWM LD 2638). A number of similar panels are in the collection of the RAF Museum, Hendon.
According to the artist’s own notes, this oil sketch is one of two made for the Ministry of Information showing activity on theThames, this being River Mine Sweeper, Night Scene, the other recorded as the same subject with ‘Thundery sky, but day time’.