Men's Underground Quarters

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 1093
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  • medium: ink
  • medium: wash
  • Support: Height 200 mm, Width 323 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: Vaulted tunnels reinforced with corrugated iron. Bunkbeds line the corridors and equipment, uniforms and blankets are scattered around. Some officers are resting in their beds.


In May 1941, Gross was commissioned again as an Official War Artist and visited Dover Castle for ten days. The South Coast was heavily defended with two guns named 'Winnie' and 'Pooh' at Dover hidden under camouflage and various Bren gun outposts dotted along the cliffs. In May 1940, the evacuation of 338,000 allied soldiers from Dunkirk was directed from a command centre in the converted underground barracks at Dover Castle. New tunnels were built to house an underground hospital and the combined headquarters for the three services. The vaulted tunnels in this work are in fact at the Fan Bay Deep Shelter in the White Cliffs of Dover, constructed in 1940 - 1941 as part of the coastal defence programme, later used by soldiers of the garrison as living quarters.

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission


Anthony Gross

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