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Between 1940 and 1945, Sutherland was an Official War Artist. He was almost continually employed on specific projects including, for example, recording bomb damage in London, and depicting tin mines in Cornwall and steel works in Cardiff and Swansea. This picture is one of several works made at the Guest, Keen and Baldwin steel works in Cardiff. Since the emergence of the modern factory system in the late eighteenth century, artists had often associated the fiery and awesome industrial landscape with more traditional visions of hell.

September 2004