N05715 BOMBER IN THE CORN 1940
Inscr. ‘Paul Nash’ b.r. and, on back, ‘Paul Nash Bomber in the Corn’.
Pencil and watercolour, 15 1/2×22 3/4 (39·5×58).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Exh: National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1940–3; Leeds, April–June 1943 (66); National War Pictures, R.A., October–November 1945 (218).
Lit: Bertram, 1955, pp.271–2.
Repr: Studio, CXXIII, 1942, p.9 (in colour); Eric Newton, War through Artists' Eyes, 1945, p.74 (in colour); V. & A., Twentieth Century British Water-Colours, 1958, pl.27.
One of a series of six ‘Raiders’ begun in about August 1940 for the Air Ministry (e.g. Eates, 1948, pls. 96–9). On the back there is a rough pencil drawing, crossed out, of a complete plane on the ground, possibly a sketch for ‘Raider on the Moors’ (Oxford; repr. Eates, op. cit., pl.96).
Nash (quoted in Bertram, loc. cit.) saw these watercolours as in part a continuation of the theme of ‘the monster in the fields’, e.g. the oil ‘Monster Field’ of 1939 (Durban; repr. in colour, Eates, op. cit., pl.93). He hoped that the set would be published as propaganda, but this was never done (letter of c.9 August 1940 in Imperial War Museum files).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II