A Parachute Bomb

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 1355
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 508 mm, Width 762 mm
  • Frame: Depth 65 mm, Height 740 mm, Width 982 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: a night time view across the Thames, showing the dark silhouettes of shipping and equipment against the glowing red sky opposite. Just above the buildings on the other side of the river there is a parachute bomb descending, about to explode.


Matvyn Wright, working for the Auxiliary Fire Service, witnessed with his colleagues the extraordinary strange silhouettes and falling forms of the Thames Blitz; here he captured the fear of waiting and destruction. The bomb almost appears to be held up by the crane-like structures of the barge. In reality, this is a fragile snapshot before the inevitable explosion, with the fire crew poised to respond.

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