The Torpedoed SussexArtist:
, British, 1883 - 1959
Material and Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 210 x 289mm
Image size: 101 x 188mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.5714
This print was composed and etched from small thumbnail sketches made secretly on small cards during the First World War. At that time McBey was not an Official War Artist and was banned from sketching the scene.
‘The Sussex’ was a French passenger ship, mistaken for mine laying ship, it was attacked by German submarine, luckily it did not sink and it was able to return to the sands between Boulogne and Le Portel, even so, 50 people lost their lives.