Lieutenant Commander Harry John Hall

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A full-length portrait facing slightly to right. The sitter wears Arctic clothing and binoculars round his neck and he stands on the bridge of a corvette on Arctic duty. He leans on the compass on his right, with the speaking tube beside it. In 1942, the sitter commanded the corvette 'Lotus', and the 'Phlox' from 1942 to 1943. The artist has concentrated on the bulkiness of the Arctic dress, boots, gloves and hood, the figure being encased with only his head uncovered. The attributes of binoculars and speaking tube emphasize the senses the sitter needed to remain in a continual state of vigilance, looking out for enemy shipping and aircraft. This portrait was commissioned when William Dring was an official war artist and the artist has signed the painting.

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Lieutenant Commander Harry John Hall




oil on canvas


H 101.5 x W 51 cm

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William Dring


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