London: The Baynard Press for the National Gallery, 1942. Original colour lithograph. Visible dimensions 39.5" x 29" (100 x 73.5cms) in a pine frame (label of Chequer Frames, Bognor Regis, West Sussex on back) 42.5" x 38" (108 x 81cms). Printed 'Barnett Freedman' to bottom right corner. Surface a little discoloured especially towards the bottom left corner where there is a very small abrasion. The frame is a bit rubbed and marked but would probably be better replaced with something more sympathetic anyway. Near fine. Item #5229
Three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japanese planes sank the battleship H.M.S. Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser H.M.S. Repulse in the South China Sea. Barnett Freedman (1901-58) had spent several months with the crew of H.M.S. Repulse earlier that year creating an 'album of portraits' of the Captain and some of his Officers and Crew. This lithograph is based on an oil painting he made, now in the Imperial war Museum, of the claustrophobic interior of one of the gun turrets and the Ministry of Information intended the print to hang in factories and canteens to help the war effort. Vincent Freedman (1934-2019) was the only child of Barnett and Claudia.
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