- John Armstrong 1893–1973
- Tempera on wood
- Support: 571 x 381 mm
- Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
On loan to: Penlee House Gallery & Museum (Penzance, UK)
Exhibition: John Armstrong: Dream and Reality
N05675 COGGESHALL CHURCH, ESSEX 1940
Inscr. ‘JA [in monogram] 40’ b.r.
Tempera on wood, 22 1/2×15 (57×38).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1943 (no catalogue).
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.258.
The artist recalled that he had heard of the peculiar result of the bomb on the tower of Coggeshall Church, and had suggested the subject to the War Artists' Advisory Committee, who agreed to commission him to paint the picture. When on exhibition in the provinces the painting was itself damaged by bomb splinters and afterwards sent to the artist for repair.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I