Southern England, 1944. Spitfires Attacking Flying-Bombs

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 4589
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 1054 mm, Width 1433 mm
  • Frame: Depth 73 mm, Height 1245 mm, Width 1620 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: A squadron of low-flying Spitfires dive towards an idyllic pastoral scene with cows grazing in a tree-lined field. The plane's action frightens a horse causing it to pull a cart into the river, (a detail which evokes Constable's 'Haywain'). The sky is filled with the contrails of aircraft, and to the left of the composition a figure cowers under a tree.

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War Artists Advisory Committee Commission, 1944

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