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This painting records the peculiar damage inflicted on a church in the village of Coggeshall in Essex, near the artist’s home. It recalls, however, images John Armstrong made in the 1930s in which ruined buildings served as symbols for political violence such as the Spanish Civil War. This was made as part of the artist’s work as an official war artist and it may be that the structure of the building that is revealed intact beneath the stonework is a symbol of resilience at a time of threat.

May 2007