HALIFAX HARBOUR

HALIFAX HARBOUR 1918

Harold Gilman (1876 – 1912)

Details

Dimension
40.5 X 52 CM
Media
PEN AND INK ON PAPER
Accession number
P2740

Summary

Gilman made a number of studies of Halifax Harbour and its shipping. Louis Fergusson described how Gilman was to "paint an enormous canvas to commemorate the scene of the great explosion" [1] when a French munitions boat had blown up in the harbour with a cargo of 2300 tons of pictic acid, 10 tons of guncotton and 200 tons of TNT, killing hundreds outright and devastating the district of Richmond and damaging the Halifax waterfront.

 

[1] Wyndham Lewis & Louis F Fergusson, Harold Gilman  An Appeciation, London: Chatto & Windus,1919