An original hand painted watercolour entitled “An Alamein Eighteen” by British war artist Jack Chaddock.
A brief narrative by Chaddock in regard to the painting is included and reads as follows:
A frequent scene during daylight. Squadrons of R.A.F. Bombers droning out over the battle area in perfect formation, unbroken by even the heaviest GERMAN FLAK. They soon become known throughout the length of the line as “ALAMEIN EIGHTEENS” and the name stuck. No doubt the enemy also had their own particular “name” for them.
Jack Chaddock’s art work is usually drawn from his own experiences and has a powerful authenticity and candour as well as being very well executed. He served in the 5th Cameron Highlanders in North Africa and appears to have been self taught.
A number of pieces very similar to the one for sale here are housed within the Imperial War Museum’s own collection. These can be found on their website, a link to which is included here: http:/www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search?query=jack chaddock
The painting for sale therefore represents a rare opportunity to acquire an original piece of artwork from an important war artist whose work has been acquired and displayed by one of the UK’s most prominent museums.