Catalogue entry

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).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II