War and Rumours of War: 1940s British works on paper from The Hepworth Wakefield | Events at The Victoria Art Gallery
Image: Leslie Cole, W.A.A.F.s Working inside a Balloon, 1941. Watercolour. Presented by His Majesty’s Government and the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1947 (photograph Norman Taylor). Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield Image: Leslie Cole, W.A.A.F.s Working inside a Balloon, 1941. Watercolour. Presented by His Majesty’s Government and the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1947 (photograph Norman Taylor). Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield Show image info

Leslie Cole, W.A.A.F.s Working inside a Balloon, 1941. Watercolour. Presented by His Majesty’s Government and the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1947 (photograph Norman Taylor). Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield

War and Rumours of War: 1940s British works on paper from The Hepworth Wakefield

Our summer exhibition has been drawn largely from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper. The material allows us to revisit a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with the present day. Many of the works in this exhibition were commissioned for the nation through the War Artists Advisory Committee. It sought to provide opportunities for artists to create ‘not simply a record of the facts, but of what the war felt like’ for the benefit of future generations. These pictures, many by women artists, reveal the impact of war on the home front.

The part that the city of Bath played in this story centres around the Baedeker Raids of April 1942. The resulting devastation was documented by artists including Norma Bull, Leslie Atkinson and Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. These exhibits enable visitors to appreciate the impact of the war on local people.

Lunchtime exhibition tours

Every Thursday, 18 July to 5 September, 12.30pm-1pm. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.