British School – WW2 – The Calm After The Storm

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Pencil and watercolour on wove paper. Presented in a new mount and protected with a clear polyester cover.


The hat in the foreground of the picture has a diamond shaped insignia which was used by the Royal Artillery during WW2.

A soldier stands shaving in front of an armoured vehicle while a smartly dressed officer is keenly observing another soldier bending over a pot, perhaps making tea or coffee. In the foreground, we can see a bombed out vehicle with its contents scattered on the sand, next to the vehicle is a grave which suggests it may belong to the driver of the vehicle. In the far distance, there is a tank maneuvering away from camp.

The watercolour is beautifully drawn and finished. The picture has not been signed but there were many British artists working in Africa during the war; Edward Bawden, Edward Ardizzone, Anthony Gross, Ivor Beddoes, Edward Copnall, and Henry Carr, to name a few.

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The Calm After The Storm

Sheet: 17 5/8 in x 8 7/8 in. (19.3 cm x 22.5 cm.) Image: 7 3/8 in x 8 1/2 in. (18.7 cm x 21.7 cm.) Mount: 13 1/4 in x 14 1/8 in. (33.8 cm x 35.9 cm.)




Unidentified / Unknown Artist