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Object details

Category
Art
Related period
Second World War (content)
Creator
Spencer, Stanley
Materials

Support: paper

medium: Pencil

Dimensions

Support: Height 436 mm, Width 359 mm

External Frame: Depth 30 mm, Height 695 mm, Width 605 mm

Mount: Height 661 mm, Width 565 mm

Catalogue number
Art.IWM ART LD 6008 120

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Second World War
Meet The Squander Bug
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