Leslie Ernest Wyatt:
73rd Field Company Royal Engineers, c.1945, an album of eighteen watercolours.
Framed (ref: 7953)
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
each image: 4 ½ x 5 in. (11.5 x 12.5 cm)
Tags: Leslie Ernest Wyatt watercolour architecture war World War II Paintings by British Artists
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 68.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 68, page 104-105.
Wyatt was born in Portsmouth and worked in his father’s radio/gramophone shop. He joined the Royal
Engineers at the outbreak of war, was commissioned, and trained in a Beach Clearance Unit. His duties included
clearing obstacles, including mines and bombs, putting down wire mesh tracks on the beaches, etc.
awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry on D-Day. After D-Day his unit became used for forward bridge
building. Later Wyatt wrote ‘A Short History of the 73rd Field Company, Royal Engineers in the North-West
Stylistically close to Edward Bawden these eighteen watercolours chronicle the training,
duties and locations of the Company from October 1940 to June 1944.