Wartime London in Paintings, by Suzanne Bardgett

08 May 2020

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Louisa Puller’s St Paul’s Cathedral: Seen from Chiswell Street, near Moorgate Street, London (1941) is one of the works featured in Wartime London in Paintings by Suzanne Bardgett (IWM, £19.99 from iwmshop.org.uk; 978-1-912423-11-8), many depicting churches. Harold Nicolson suggested that the bombsites north of St Paul’s be kept as an open space in memory of the civilian dead after the war, giving a “vista of St Paul’s such as Wren would have given his soul to achieve”. The book brings together 82 paintings, almost all from the Imperial War Museums’ own collection, and explores the lives of the artists, household names such as Henry Moore, and the lesser-known, commissioned by the Government to record the city

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