Charles Pears
THE EVACUATION OF ST. NAZAIRE, 17TH JUNE 1940
1940

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This superbly atmospheric painting by Charles Pears, depicts a landmark moment in the Second World War and one of Britain's worst maritime disasters, the sinking of the Lancastria, when more than 4,000 people were killed. Even though the tragedy cost more lives than the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania combined, it has remained relatively obscure because of a news blackout imposed by Winston Churchill. He feared that the bombing of the ship on June 17, 1940, two weeks after the evacuation of Dunkirk, would be too serious a blow to morale. Charles Pears’s work is the only depiction of the disaster created at the time, as British troops and civilians fled Saint-Nazaire on the west coast of France.

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    Dimensions
    31.5 in. H x 44.49 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Petworth, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU54632521501
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