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The camouflage workshop, Leamington Spa

Edwin La Dell ARA (1914-1970)
The camouflage workshop, Leamington Spa, Edwin La Dell ARA, Imperial War Museum, ART LD 322

Workers are sewing and designing camouflage in a workshop. Behind them, large samples are hung from the walls. The enclosed room with bright electric lighting and the level of industry imply that the work was both secretive and urgent: camouflage was an essential defence, particularly for buildings during daylight air raids. Many artists with their awareness of perception and pattern were involved in its design and production.

Oil on panel 43.4 x 55.8 cm
Painted in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, 1940
Imperial War Museum ART LD 322

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