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This study is one of a pair of chalk and watercolour sketches of 'Prisoners in the Dock' by Laura Knight, who had been an Official War Artist during the Second World War and was commissioned by the War Artists' Advisory Committee to attend the Nuremberg Trials, which began in 1945 and saw the conviction of 19 major Nazi war criminals including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Hans Frank and Joachim von Ribbentrop. Knight executed a series of studies that were later realised on a large-scale canvas as the painting 'The Nuremberg Trial' (held at the Imperial War Museum), depicting the trial in courtroom No. 600 in Nuremberg's Palace of Justice. This study shows ten of the defendants, seated in two rows, and corresponding to a portion of the foreground and centre ground of the finished painting.

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Prisoners in the Dock at Nuremberg Trials, No. 2




coloured chalk & watercolour on paper


H 76.7 x W 56 cm

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on loan to the Ben Uri Collection

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