Submarines: diving controls No.1

Accession Number ART28413.001
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 29.6 cm x 34.2 cm; Image: 27.9 x 31.9 cm
Object type Print
Physical description Five colour lithograph with watercolour on wove paper
Maker Ravilious, Eric
Place made United Kingdom: England, Suffolk, Ipswich
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The lithographic print depicts two men seated steering the submarine while another man is seated with his arms crossed resting. The work was one of ten prints made from a series of drawings made on location in a submarine control room and is based on drawings of submarine interiors executed during summer 1940 at Portsmouth and HMS Dolphin, Hampshire.

In February 1940 Eric Ravilious joined his colleagues John Nash and Muirhead Bone as an artist appointed to the Royal Navy. It was the first time he was able to paint almost full time and his rate of completion also lead to a more rapid development in technique and range of subject matter.