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The Underworld: Taking cover in a Tube Station during a London air raid

17 June 2018

 

Richard Maddox of the Imperial War Museum–London was most kind and wrote, correcting my misunderstanding of it in that it is not Londoners seeking protection from the Blitz in World War II but Londoners seeking protection from bombing raids in World War I. It is entitled, The Underworld: Taking cover in a Tube Station during a London air raid and was painted in oils by Walter Bayes.

Richard wrote:

“It shows people from wealthy and working classes seeking shelter (notice the woman in the fur coat with the evening bag sitting next to a baby having its nappy changed and the soldier enjoying a song with the accordion players while others try and sleep) not from WW2 air attacks but from German airships and Gotha bombers in WW1.

It is generally described as his most famous work and was produced in 1918 and shows the See https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1876and http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/walter-bayes-r1105357 for more details.”

Thank you Richard!

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