image: Looking down upon the river from the South side, to the ruined shells of buildings on the opposite bank. There is
a view through to St Paul's in the distance, seen through a gap where the brickwork has fallen in. The river is busy with a tug pulling
rafts stacked with timber; several motor gun-boats; and two barges loaded with cargo.
Although Platt initially worked on coastal subjects for the Admiralty, in late 1942 he proposed a scheme of pictures
focusing on the Thames. For some of the War Platt was the official artist to the Ministry of War Transport.
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