A former Sky News colleague and military historian Rob Kirk asked if I would go with him to the site of the first tank battle of WWI in Cambrai and paint Deborah. Deborah, it turned out, was a tank from D Division that had been involved in the mass tank battle of Cambrai. Sky News had reported its discovery by local historian Philippe Gorczynski in Cambrai earth. When I first saw Deborah I felt I was looking at a wounded animal, which is how I have portrayed it. Its home is now in a related museum. Another of Rob's friends on the trip, John Taylor, has since written the human story of the tank and her crew, 'Deborah and the War of the Tanks'.
Signed reproduction of original oil on canvas painting printed on recycled matt cocoon paper
Size of image: 17.3 x 26 cm (6.81 x 10.24 inches)
Size of mount: 30.3 x 40.5 cm (11.93 x 15.94 inches).
Presented in cellophane pocket.