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A painting of the docks at Le Havre towards the end of the Second World War. The German army occupied Le Havre until September 1944 and it is possible that this painting is a response to the heavy bombardment inflicted by the Allies during the Battle of Normandy. In the centre a small vessel lies on its side in the partly flooded dry-dock, perhaps a casualty of the battle. The cranes of the docks are visible in the distance; there is a bridge on the right and the houses of the town are shown on the hill in the distance. Several figures stand in the foreground on the left, where a man and a small child talk to a British soldier. Further back, two men look towards the ship in the dock. The artist was called up for war service in 1940 as a private in the Royal Engineers.
oil on canvas
H 101.5 x W 127 cm