David Bomberg
St Paul’s and River 1945

Artwork details

David Bomberg 1890–1957
St Paul’s and River
Date 1945
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions Support: 508 x 638 mm
Frame: 734 x 843 x 20mm
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Not on display

Display caption

This shows the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, seen from the west with the River Thames on the right. Bomberg made many drawings of St Paul’s during the Second World War, when it survived the Blitz and became a symbol of Britain’s resilience. He made further drawings shortly after the war for a ‘panorama of London’ that was never realised.

The definition of form by the use of strong structural charcoal lines is typical. Equally characteristic is the contrast between these vigorous lines and the soft smoky shading, for example in the sky.

September 2004

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