Pat Douthwaite

Death of Amy Johnson

About this artwork

This work is part of a cycle based on the life of the pioneering aviatrix, Amy Johnson. The artist stated: “This series…stemmed from a visual reaction to seeing myself in the mirror…my immediate reaction was ‘heavens that’s Amy Johnson’”. Full of movement and energy, this painting portrays Douthwaite’s desire to “free the figure from its claustrophobic ambience”. Depicting Johnson’s final flight, when her plane crashed into the Thames Estuary in 1941, Douthwaite has captured the feeling of a foggy January day. The funnel of H.M.S. Haslemere, from where Captain Fletcher dived in to try and rescue Johnson, but in turn lost his own life, reaches above the inky black water. It is an immensely sombre work that epitomises feelings of isolation and tragedy, sentiments close to Douthwaite’s heart.

  • title:
    Death of Amy Johnson
  • accession number:
    GMA 1645
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    Dated 1976
  • measurements:
    152.50 x 152.50 cm (framed: 154.50 x 154.80 x 3.10 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1977
  • copyright:
    © Toby Graham Hogarth / DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Pat Douthwaite

Pat Douthwaite