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A Convoy of the First World War

© National Maritime Museum. Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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The First World War saw the general introduction of 'dazzle-painting', an idea of the artist Norman Wilkinson to help protect ships from enemy surface raiders and submarines by camouflaging them with zig-zag lines of many colours. It helped to conceal them in poor visibility, impeded easy identification and visual range-finding, and was adopted by several navies and merchant fleets. The picture was painted for the Ministry of Information.

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  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    53.5 x 73 cm

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