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Jan Gordon WW1 Dazzle

Jan Gordon and Steven Spurrier worked with Norman Wilkinson during WW1 on developing dazzle designs for ships, intended to confuse enemy observers.

In an article about the Gordons in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for December 4th, 1927, Jan Gordon is credited (probably with exaggeration) with being "chief designer of dazzle camouflage during the World war."
See: http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2014/03/jan-gordon-1927-shocks-in-modern-art.html

Please see the following articles for further details:

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2016/12/jan-gordon-and-wwi-dazzle-ship-painting.html

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-gordon-and-dazzleship-at-little-art.html

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2014/05/dazzle-painting-in-war-time.html

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-copy-of-modern-french-painters-1923.html

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2014/03/jan-gordon-and-dazzle-painting-of-ships.html

- http://lifeartearth.blogspot.com/2013/02/camouflage-in-nature-and-war.html


Jan Gordon also wrote (under pseudonym John Salis or his own name) on war art; see for example the following:

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-gordon-as-salis-on-paul-nashs-war.html

- http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/02/jan-gordon-on-john-singer-sargents.html

Jan Gordon's own WW1 war paintings can be seen here: https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view_as/grid/search/makers:jan-godfrey-jervis-gordon-18821944
The Industry from Gordon (1918). The Olympic from Gordon (1918) H.M.T. Mauretania entering half-tide dock at Liverpool. Water colour by Lieut. L. Campbell Taylor R.N.V.R. Dazzled ships in Canada Dock, Liverpool. Water colour by Lieut. L. Campbell Taylor R.N.V.R.
S.S. Dictator in Herculaneum Dock, Liverpool. Water colour by Lieut. Guy Kortright, R.N.V.R. Dazzled ship taking in coal at Liverpool. Water colour by Lieut. L. Campbell Taylor R.N.V.R. S.S. Minnedosa at Liverpool after disembarking American troops. Water colour by Lieut. Guy Kortright, R.N.V.R. To my old pal Spurrier in memory of the purest art we ever touched. Dazzle.
Steven Spurrier Dazzle ship painting Paul Nash's painting, Sunrise: Inverness Copse John Singer Sargent's painting Gassed (modified from  IWM (Art.IWM ART 1460)) Wounded after the battle of Jutland (31st May 1916) aboard HMS Castor. Jan Gordon.