HMS Ark Royal in Action

HMS Ark Royal in Action HMS Ark Royal in Action


Eric Ravilious

HMS Ark Royal in Action


watercolour on paper

42.5 x 57.7cm

IWM ART LD 284

Ravilious’s description of HMS Ark Royal firing its guns is not just a wonderful piece of design that plays with the light and sound of fireworks; it also captures the awesome firepower of the weaponry. This has a sublime beauty, not just because of the ship’s frightening strength, but also because the brightness of the explosion temporarily conceals the precarious position of the crew utterly dependent on the metal boat for their lives at sea.