Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘Leonard Rosoman’ b.l.
Canvas, 25×30 (64×76).
Presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee 1946.
Coll: Purchased by the War Artists' Advisory Committee from the Cooling Galleries 1942.
Exh: Civil Defence Artists, Cooling Galleries, May 1942 (21); National War Pictures, National Gallery, 1944; Firemen Artists, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, June–July 1944; Paintings by Firemen Artists, R.A., October 1944 (51); National War Pictures, Glasgow, 1945, and R.A., October–November 1945 (89).

The artist wrote (6 December 1960): ‘It was painted in 1942 when I was in the N.F.S. and was the result of night after night fighting fires in the London dock area - bombs were falling into the Thames and into the water in the docks.’

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