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Works by McClelland Barclay in the Navy Art Collection:
Recruitment Posters and Original Artwork for Posters

 

Sailor Loading Fixed Ammunition
McClelland Barclay
Oil on canvas, 1942
48-031-N

Barclay's sailors are notable for their square jaws, well-defined muscles and exceptional physique. Theron MacKay, gunners mate, recalls meeting Barclay in 1943:
"Me and another crew member were cleaning a gun, so we were bare from the waist up. Barclay had his sketchpad and was drawing us. Being an amateur artist myself, I took an interest in what he was doing and asked could I look over his shoulder? Well, he made us look like the finest human specimens that ever were! Really, we were skinny kids with our ribs hanging out. I said to him, 'I don't look like that!' and he answered, 'Well, if I sketched you like you are, it wouldn't make much of recruiting poster, now would it?'"

 

 

Man the Guns - Join the Navy
McClelland Barclay
Poster, 1942
92-048-AG

 

 

 

 

Navy Gun Crew on the Elevating Side of a 5" Anti-Aircraft Mount
McClelland Barclay
Oil on canvas, 1942
48-031-F

 

 

 

Let's Him `Em With Everything We've Got! Don't Wait - Choose the Navy
McClelland Barclay
Poster, 1942
63-249-U

 

 

 

 

Back Him Up
McClelland Barclay
Pencil tracing on paper, 1942
2001-026-03

 

 

 

Back Him Up (Detail)
McClelland Barclay
Pencil tracing on paper, 1942
2001-026-03 caption


"Back Him Up" was Barclay's original suggested caption for this poster of a gun crew in action, but the Recruiting Bureau decided on "Dish It Out with the Navy."

 

4" 50 Caliber Mark XII Gun Crew in Action
McClelland Barclay
Oil on canvas, 1942
48-031-B

 

 

Dish It Out with the Navy - Choose Now While You Can
McClelland Barclay
Poster, 1942
68-266-BW

 

 

 

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Online Exhibits that feature McClelland Barclay's work

Recruiting Posters for Women from World War II -- The WAVES
Navy Art Gallery exhibit: The Normandy Invasion

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17 May 2005