Fire Fighting at Antwerp Docks
Thomas Barclay Hennell
Date Made/Found: about 1944
, British, 1903 - 1945
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 727 x 867 x 21mm
Image size: 464 x 609mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.1816
In this watercolour Hennell has captured the devastation of an attack, the fire fighters working together to put out the flames at the docks.
The docks at Antwerp were vital during the Second World War for providing the troops with supplies. Germans controlled the port until 1944, when British Forces took control. Hennell travelled to Belgium and Holland shortly after this, where he would have witnessed the continuous bombing of the town by V-1 and V-2 rockets, killing thousands of people and destroying buildings.