'Norman Wilkinson, Naval Artist', c 1943.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Kodachrome colour photograph of the war artist Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971), taken by JCA Redhead (1886-1954) during World War Two. Early in his career Wilkinson produced a number of posters for London, Midlands and Scottish Railways and the London and Southern Railways. During World War One he was reponsible for the abstract 'dazzle' camouflage used on ships' hulls. As a war artist in World War Two he produced fifty-six oil paintings of naval combats, as well as a number of propaganda posters. This photograph is a Kodachrome transparency. Introduced by Kodak in 1935, Kodachrome is regarded as the first 'modern' colour photographic proces. Kodachrome film was imported into Britain from the USA and was in very short supply during World War Two. As Head of Kodak Ltd's Photo Finishing department in Harrow, England, Redhead had acces to supplies of this scarce colour film.