Hail Victory (Torpedoing of S.S. Athenia by German Submarine)



Lawrence Nelson Wilbur, American, 1897-1988


Hail Victory (Torpedoing of S.S. Athenia by German Submarine)




11 3/4 x 9 in. (29.8 x 22.9 cm)

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This print was created for Artists For Victory, a World War II era artist's association. Its members lent their talents to designing posters and works of art that were put on display in patriotic exhibitions. This work shows a specific event in the early days of World War II. On September 3, 1939, just hours after Britain declared war on Germany, a German submarine sank the S.S. Athenia, a British passenger vessel bound for Canada, mistaking her for an armed merchant cruiser. There were many Americans aboard, some of whom lost their lives. The United States did not enter the war until December, 1941, the year this print was made. Lawrence Wilbur looked back to this event as an example of tragedies that had already occurred, to stir American sentiment against the German forces that had fired on an unarmed ship.
Signed LR

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Gift of Carl and Marian Mullis


The American Experience, 1920-1950: Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Carl W. Mullis, III, Michael C. Carlos Museum, May 17 - September 17, 1997|
Cultivating America: Visions of the Landscape in Twentieth-Century Prints, Michael C. Carlos Museum, March 8 - June 29, 2008


© Estate of Lawrence Nelson Wilbur. Image courtesy of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2005.
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Lawrence Nelson Wilbur, American, 1897-1988, “Hail Victory (Torpedoing of S.S. Athenia by German Submarine),” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 16, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7498.

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