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This picture was exhibited at the National Gallery in 1941. It was described in the catalogue as 'a terrifying vista of recumbent shapes, pale as all underground life tends
to be pale; regimented, as only fear can regiment; helpless yet tense, safe yet listening, uncouth, uprooted, waiting
in the tunnel for the dawn to release them. This is not the descriptive journalism of art.
It is imaginative poetry of a high order.'

September 2002