An Ordinary Telegraphist, Maurice Alan Easton

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A head-and-shoulders portrait of a sailor with his arms folded, facing right. He wears a seaman's uniform and a naval cap with the anonymous 'HMS' tally band, a wartime precaution to prevent the enemy knowing precise ship movements. On his right arm he wears the radio communicator's badge, since he was a telegraphist. The sitter, Maurice Alan Easton, a 'hostilities-only' rating who in civilian life was a railway booking clerk from Oxfordshire, was painted in 1944 in the naval barracks at Naples. Easton was selected by Carr when he was working there as an official war artist. Carr attempted to impart a symbolic significance to the young man, using fluid paint and a heroic stance. When he came to exhibit the work in the Naval Art Exhibition held at the Suffolk Street Galleries after the War, he entitled it simply 'The Sailor'.

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An Ordinary Telegraphist, Maurice Alan Easton




oil on canvas


H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm

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