In 1941, local artist Edward King (1863-1951) documented the aftermath of the blitz bomb damage in Portsmouth. Each day he painted local scenes that show the war-torn state of the city.
This display also takes a broader look at King's later work and life when he was a permanent patient at St. James' Hospital. Featuring some 70 paintings, photographs, archive material and, objects from the museum collection.
Portsmouth City Museum has also been loaned 'Night Raid on Portsmouth Docks' by Richard Eurich from the Tate. It is the first time this painting has been on display here, so it's a unique chance to see it outside of London. The dockyard was an area which King did not have access to, so this painting completes the story of Portsmouth in 1941.
As an official war artist, Richard Eurich had unrestricted access and was permitted to accompany the Navy; he made the drawings for this iconic painting the day after the heavy bombings in January 1941. He then returned to London and worked on finalising the painting, which was completed in 1942. At the centre of Eurich’s painting is a vessel from an earlier conflict: HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Its presence in the composition recalls a glorious naval history amid the chaos and destruction of the Blitz.
Admission to the exhibition is free, and visitors can enjoy the other permanent displays in Portsmouth Museum. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.
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|Edward King: A Life in Art (13 June 2016 - 25 June 2017)|
* The Museum's winter opening hours are 10am - 5pm. This will change to summer opening (10am - 5:30pm) on 1 April.
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