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War Artists’ Exhibition, London


Series Name
Britain Can Make It


Issue No.
Date Released
Trade show
16 Jan 1945
Length of issue (in feet)
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Admiralty Concrete floating docks
  2. 2Motion study
  3. 3War Artists’ Exhibition, London


Story No. within this Issue
3 / 3
BFI Summary - The Royal Academy of Arts. Inside the gallery, people view the paintings. Various close-ups of individual works e.g. Paul Nash’s Battle of Britain, John Armstrong’s September 1940 and John Piper’s Coventry Cathedral
COI synopsis: Millions of people all over the world have seen the paintings and drawings by British War Artists, which record the war as seen through their eyes. Shows have been held in the Dominions, the Americas and France, as well as cities and villages all over Britain. Recently some of the picture have been on exhibition again in London’s Royal Academy.
The pictures cover every stage and every aspect of war ... ...
This one, for example, by Paul Nash, takes us straight back to the Battle of Britain .... ...
September, 1940 as it was felt by the artist, John Armstrong ...
Coventry Cathedral by John Piper ...
Henry Moore made scores of pictures of those who sheltered ...
... and those who toiled deep underground ...
Blast furnaces and the turmoil of industry were turned by Graham Sutherland into a symbol of the wartime mood ...
Some of the pictures are more easy to understand than others ...
Ruby Loftus - a factory girl painted by Dame Laura Knight ...
Kennington’s picture of Stoker Martin goes more than skin-deep ...
Of course, there was a lighter side to all the blood, toil and sweat ...
The soldier was never safe from the sketch-book of Edward Ardizzone ...
Evelyn Dunbar saw the funny side of putting on anti-gas clothes ...
Looking at all these pictures now, you may see the last six years in a new, personal way. The many scattered places where men and women have gone are all brought together. The Ark Royal was painted by Eric Ravilious ... He was lost flying over Iceland with the Fleet Air Arm.
Malta - through the eyes of Leslie Cole, who saw and painted the long months of desperate defence.
This was how Edward Bawden found Florence after the Nazis had pulled out ...
The 14th Army was not forgotten by the War Artists. Anthony Gross painted the patient heroes of Burma...
D-Day in Europe - Albert Richards parachuted into France and sketched and painted the men winning back Europe. He was killed near Caen.
All these pictures belong to the nation, and soon we may be able to see them in their proper colours in permanent collections all over Britain.
Researcher Comments
This story was commissioned for the maximum cost of £350. It was shot on location at Burlington House and the Science Museum.
Arts and crafts; War and conflict; Exhibitions and shows
Written sources
The National Archives INF 6   /592 Used for synopsis
Central Film Library Catalogue   1948, p83.
British Film Institute Databases
Documentary News Letter   Vol.6 No.52 1946, p24.
D. Gifford, ‘The British Film Catalogue Vol.2’ (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001)   No.09151
COI Reference
MI 360/1
Board Of Trade
Duncan Ross
Production Co.
Films of Fact
Francis Gysin
Support services
Francis Gysin
Francis Gysin
James Ritchie
Lionel James Gamlin
Ministry of Information
Paul Rotha
Production Co.
Verity Films Ltd.
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