Charles Ginner

Emergency Water Storage Tank

1942

Not on display

Artist
Charles Ginner 1878–1952
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 686 × 508 mm
frame: 846 × 670 × 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Reference
N05695

Display caption

The City of London is shown in ruins after prolonged Nazi bombardment. In response to the bombing, the National Fire Service had established emergency water supply tanks across the city. As one writer remembered, ‘the sun sparkling on the surface often lent a new charm to the drab urban scene’. This tank was situated on Upper Thames Street, and the dome of St Pauls Cathedral can be seen in the background. Ginner was an admirer of the Italian artist Canaletto, whose paintings of Venice may have influenced this work.

Gallery label, November 2006

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