Charles Pears (1873–1958):
Bristol Blenheim setting fire to German oil tanker, circa 1940
Framed (ref: 9126)
Signed, inscribed with title below image
Provenance: The Artist's Studio; Private collection
Pears was arguably the greatest marine artist of his generation - and excelled in painting scenes of combat. During WW2 Germany, like Britain had no oil reserves. Oil tankers made easy targets for both sides (the allies using mostly air craft and the Germans using mostly U-boats to destroy each others supplies).
We are grateful to Andrew Cormack for assistance