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.