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A Zeppelin Raid, 8 October 1915

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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John Fraser came from a nautical family and travelled extensively, like his contemporary John Everett. It is not known where he received his artistic training but he worked for some time as assistant to Edouardo de Martino, marine painter to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. This dark, sombre picture, however, is not a marine painting at all but records a night-time zeppelin raid on London during the First World War. The zeppelin can be faintly seen, illuminated by searchlights and the glow of the burning building to the right.

National Maritime Museum





oil on canvas


H 45.7 x W 30.5 cm

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