Constucting a Blockhouse, Halluin

© the estate of Edward Bawden. Image credit: British Council Collection

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Bawden had been commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee in 1940 as one of four salaried artists (the others being Edward Ardizzone, Reginald Eves and Barnett Freedmen) to join the British Expeditionary Forces in France. Bawden was sent Halluin on the French/Belgium border to record the 5th Manchester Regiment building blockhouses. Following the German invasion of Belgium and Luxembourg Bawden was evacuated from Dunkirk.

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Constucting a Blockhouse, Halluin




watercolour on paper


H 43.8 x W 55.9 cm

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presented by the War Artists' Advisory Committee, 1947

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