Friday, 12 July 2013

1945 - St Augustine's Church, Manchester

St Augustine's Church, Manchester 1945
Oil on Canvas
46 x 61.3 cm
Manchester City Galleries
A close-up view of St Augustine's Church in Manchester, destroyed by air raid bombing. Only the shell remains, which is surrounded by a pile of rubble.

A few figures stand in the street to the right, and there are more bombed buildings in the background to the left. Although not an official war artist, Lowry frequently represented scenes of destruction in Britain, and this work was in fact purchased by the War Artists' Advisory Committe. The sky is pale cream.

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