On 18 October 2017 we were delighted to receive a visit from Philippa Bambach, daughter of Richard Eurich RA, who is the artist of a Balliol painting known as The Garden Quad in Wartime (oil on canvas, 35½ x 65 inches). Painted in about 1947, it depicts a scene of servicemen and servicewomen in Balliol’s Garden Quad in mid-1945, while they were attending one of the Short Leave Courses that were run at Balliol from 1943 to 1945.
Richard Eurich received his first commission by the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1940 and worked as an Official War Artist to the Admiralty 1941-45. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1942 and a Royal Academician in 1953. There is more information about him here.
Philippa is tracing many of her father’s paintings in private collections for a catalogue raisonné of her father’s work which she is compiling with her sister. She knew of the Balliol painting - as Officers and Men of the Allied Nations, Balliol - but she had never seen it. She therefore found her visit to Balliol ‘very gratifying’: ‘Looking at my father’s picture in detail has been a really great experience. It has been very cheering to see the enthusiasm for the picture generally too!’
The photographs of the painting above and below are by Paul Carter.