Escorts at Gladstone Dock, Liverpool, for Refit and Stores

Roland Vivien Pitchforth, 1944

WAG 4970

About this object

The Gladstone Dock was opened in 1913 by George V to provide berths to large transatlantic passenger steamers. During WWII Liverpool served as the headquarters of the Battle of the Atlantic, and both the Gladstone and Albert Docks were bases for Atlantic convoy escorts and minesweepers.

Pitchforth was an official war artist, and this spirited watercolour shows vessels being repaired and refitted, demonstrating the strategic importance of the docks during wartime. Cross-hatchings with crayons in the smoke, clouds and other shaded areas add tonal intensity to the palette. Planks and welding tanks are also visible in the foreground.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Escorts at Gladstone Dock, Liverpool, for Refit and Stores.
  • Artist(s)
    Roland Vivien Pitchforth (British: English, born:23 April 1895, died:1982)
  • Date
    1944
  • Materials
    Crayon and Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 55.6 cm x 76.5 cm
  • Physical description
    View of a large naval esecort vessel at the Gladstone Dock with dark smoke billowing out of its funnel. Soldiers are loading cargo on the quayside and various planks and welding tanks are visible in the immediate foreground.
  • Related people
    Roland Vivien Pitchforth (Artist/maker); War Artists' Advisory Committee (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4970
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1946
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • War Artists' Advisory Committee

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: PITCHFORTH 44
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left; On plate
  • Inscription text: Escorts at Gladstone Dock, Liverpool, for refit & stores LD 4862
    Inscription method: Crayon
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: ESCORTS AT GLADSTONE DOCK LIVERPOOL, FOR REFIT AND STORES LD4862
    Inscription method: Crayon
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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