A 4.5 Mortar Battery at Gun DrillArtist:
, 1900 - 1979
Material and Medium: watercolour and pencil on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 434 x 588 x 22mm
Mount: 405 x 560mm
Sight size: 183 x 272mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.2946
This watercolour illustrates the troops gathering around a Mortar Battery. This was a group of small artillery guns, which fired mortar bombs at the enemy. These played an important part during the war in gaining the upper hand in both attack and defence.
Edward Ardizzone was appointed Official War Artist during the Second World War. He travelled to North Africa, Sicily, France Italy and later to Germany, depicting the life of the troops, infantry training and defences.