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2 August 2021


Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) 'is one of the most enduringly popular of the artists commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) in WW2, as well as being one of the longest serving. During the 1930s he was best known for his illustrations in the Radio Times and in children’s books, so was perhaps a surprising choice as official war artist. However, during the Second World War he travelled more widely in Britain and Europe than any other war artist, documenting his experiences in both drawings and diaries which today are kept by the Imperial War Museum'. This week on the Post a selection of Ardizzone's wartime illustrations at the IWM, starting with a lithograph which we now have for sale in the shop (apologies, we cannot send it as it is framed): 'The Tilbury Shelter 1941'.

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