Pears, Charles (1873-1958): The Bombing of The British Chancellor 10 July 1940, signed, oil on canvas, 80 x 125 cms. Presented by A & P Falmouth in October, 1993.
About the frame
Early twentieth-century Continental artist?s frame, with fillet on the top moulding, deep cavetto, fillet and slip or insert with deep bevel to sight; finished in white paint picked out with parcel-gilding; supplied by Paul Mitchell Limited (r).
During World War II it was evident that Falmouth would be a target for German bombers. On 10 July 1940 at 14.30 hours, the docks received their heaviest raid, when three vessels were hit, one of which sank and two were burnt out. The British Chancellor was one of the latter. She was later dry-docked and received extensive repairs.
About the Artist
Charles Pears worked for the War Artists' Commission and was the first President of the Society of Marine Artists. He was an official war artist during both World Wars and was well known for his design work which included many notable book covers and posters.