AE 2 in the Sea of Marmora, April 1915

Accession Number ART09016
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 146.7 cm x 210.6 cm x 16 cm x 34.5 kg; Unframed: 122.6 cm x 183 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Bryant, Charles
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1925
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This painting shows the Australian submarine 'AE2' on patrol in the Sea of Marmora. The 'AE2' was the first allied submarine to penetrate the Narrows of the Dardanelles. The artist has painted 'AE2' on the bow of the boat to indicate that it is Australian, however the pendant number '82' on the conning tower of the submarine was actually allocated to the British E Class submarine, E2. Rather than being perceived as an oversight by the artist, this serves to indicate the broader role and success of the allied E Class submarines that successfully accessed the Narrows through to the Sea of Marmora.