The Unicorn Gate, Portsmouth

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Built as the town entrance gate to Portsea in 1779, the Unicorn Gate is shown as re-sited in 1865 as an entrance to Portsmouth Dockyard from Portsea. The perimeter wall extension in which it was then set was later demolished and it is today the central feature of a roundabout on Circular Road, within the HMS Nelson area of the Portsmouth Naval Base. This unfinished oil on panel is the same size and in the same palette as Lawson's also unfinished view of Mk 1 tanks on a quayside, IWM ART 5875.

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The Unicorn Gate, Portsmouth




oil on panel


H 29.9 x W 40.6 cm

Accession number

IWM ART 5878

Acquisition method

acquired, 1970s

Work type



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