A boredom purchase – well not quite but I have been frustrated lately in my pursuit of the artists that I collect. While doing the usual round of online searches for Irish paintings I happened upon this wonderfully atmospheric oil painting of the sinking of the German World.II. battleship “Bismarck” in May 1941.
Oil on canvas (12″ x 16.5″) by Charles Gorbing King.
The painting describes the attack on 26th May 1941 by RAF Swordfish biplanes from the carrier HMS Ark Royal on the “Bismarck”, pride of the German fleet, off the French coast. Despite their antiquated appearance the Swordfish attack managed to achieve what the Royal Navy surface fleet had not and their torpedoes damaged the Bismarck’s steering gear which was to prove fatal. The ship was unable to navigate and the next day British ships finished her off with ease and she went to the bottom taking 2,200 crew with her.
While I instantly was attracted by the painting I was uncertain but having seen the film “Sink the Bismarck” (1960) I decided to give it another watch – impressed I bought the painting the next day. That’s how fickle I am.