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Via Dolorosa, Ortona

Charles Comfort (1900-1994)
Via Dolorosa, Ortona, Charles Comfort, Canadian War Museum, 19710261-2308

Soldiers of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade fight their way through the streets of Ortona towards the Piazza San Tommaso, late in December 1943. In his 1956 memoir, Comfort wrote of his first response to seeing the destruction of Ortona: "one felt a choking claustrophobia in the place. Everywhere was misery, death and destruction. I could not possibly paint, or even sketch, on that first dreadful visit."

Oil on canvas 101.5 x 76.2 cm
Date unknown
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
Canadian War Museum 19710261-2308

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