St Paul´s Cathedral in the Blitz, 1940

Catedral de San Pablo de Londres

2014

Original Painting Size 44 x 64 cm.

Acrylic on wood with wooden frame

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This painting is inspired in one of the best known images of London during the war was a photograph of St Paul’s taken on 29 December 1940 during the “Second Great Fire of London” by photographer Herbert Mason, from the roof of the Daily Mail in Tudor Street showing the cathedral shrouded in smoke. Lisa Jardine of Queen Mary, University of London, has written:

“Wreathed in billowing smoke, amidst the chaos and destruction of war, the pale dome stands proud and glorious – indomitable. At the height of that air-raid, Sir Winston Churchill telephoned the Guildhall to insist that all fire-fighting resources be directed at St Paul’s. The cathedral must be saved, he said, damage to the fabric would sap the morale of the country.”

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