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The Last Gun Position at Singapore in 1942

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Lancaster City Museums

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This artist was a British prisoner of war (POW) in the Changi camps of Singapore Island, having been captured during the fall of Singapore in the Second World War. As a POW he drew scene after scene of life in the camp in a carefully hidden sketchbook. After he returned to Lancaster, in 1946, Bettany studied art at the Storey Institute. This painting showing a portrayal of the gunners at Singapore was painted around this time, not as a piece of work for the Art School but as a personal tribute to his fellow soldiers, many of who did not return from the POW camps in the Far East.

Lancaster Maritime Museum





oil on panel


H 53 x W 74 cm

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gift from the artist, 1966

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