During the winter of 1940-1 Moore,
in his capacity as a war artist, was given access to London's public shelters. Though he concentrated on underground stations, he did make drawings of other shelters, including a vast area in the basement of a warehouse in Tilbury where he noted 'Figures lying against platform with great bales of paper above also making beds¿ Dramatic, dismal
lit, masses of reclining figures fading
to perspective point - Scribbles and scratches, chaotic foreground¿
Dark wet settings'.