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A parachute bomb

Matvyn Wright (b. 1910)
A parachute bomb, Matvyn Wright , Imperial War Museum, ART LD 1355

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.

Oil on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm
Painted in London, 1941
Imperial War Museum ART LD 1355

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