The night watch, (Normandy landings), 1944
Framed (ref: 6603)
Signed and dated
oil on board
10 x 13 1/2 in. (25.5 x 34.3 cm)
Tags: Stephen Bone maritime war World War II Paintings by British Artists
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 2.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 2, page 41.
As a war artist attached to the Admiralty, Stephen Bone recorded the Normandy landings in 1944. This panel which shows a small ship steaming through the night very possibly relates to his eye-witness account of this momentous event.
The view point is from the bridge looking aft, with ventilators either side of the funnel and the davits for the lifeboats. A seaman, most likely on night-watch, is visible in the foreground. The light blue behind is the ship's phosphorescent wake.