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'Empress of Russia' Ablaze in Buccleuch Dock, Barrow, in the Early Hours of Saturday 8 September 1945

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Dock Museum

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This painting depicts a ship fire – rare and shocking in Barrow. This painting was commissioned for the 'Muck and Brass' touring exhibition about Ward's shipbreaking in the north-west of England. Local artist Bill Bell worked at Vickers all his life but painting was his first love throughout his whole adult life. He worked mostly in oils, though occasionally in pastel and watercolour.

The Dock Museum

Barrow-in-Furness


Date

1999

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 75 x W 121 cm

Accession number

08535

Acquisition method

purchased, 1999

Work type

Painting


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