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37 People in artist grouping: World War II: Official War Artists

Under the guidance of the National Gallery Director Kenneth Clark, The War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) was established in 1939. Chaired by Clark and administered by the Government Ministry of Information and The British War Advisory Scheme, the group met monthly to coordinate the project, including selecting the artists, their pay and commissions. Each artist's primary purpose was to create imagery for propaganda, but it was widely understood that their work was more than just illustrating mass produced posters and pamphlets. By employing so many of the country's most talented artists, the committee were not only allowing the creation of an important and lasting record of the atrocities faced at home and on the front line, but also trying to preserve the lives and talents of the artists themselves for future generations. By 1945 the collection had amassed more than 5570 works.

Henry Moore

1898-1986
Sculptor
Sitter in 87 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Edward Ardizzone

1900-1979
Artist and illustrator
Sitter in 6 portraits

John Armstrong

1893-1973
Painter; solider
Sitter in 4 portraits

Robert Sargent Austin

1895-1973
Artist
Artist associated with 5 portraits

Edward Bawden

1903-1989
Painter and illustrator
Sitter in 12 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits

David Bomberg

1890-1957
Painter
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits

Stephen Bone

1904-1958
Artist, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Henry Marvell Carr

1894-1970
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait

Sir William Menzies Coldstream

1908-1987
Painter
Sitter in 15 portraits

Charles Cundall

1890-1971
Painter and printmaker
Sitter in 3 portraits

Simon Elwes

1902-1975
Artist
Sitter in 38 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Richard Ernst Eurich

1903-1992
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits

Barnett Freedman

1901-1958
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait

Charles Ginner

1878-1952
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Duncan Grant

1885-1978
Artist
Sitter associated with 28 portraits | Artist of 9 portraits

Anthony Imre Alexander Gross

1905-1984
Painter and etcher
Sitter in 2 portraits

Eliot Hodgkin

1905-1987
Artist and writer
Sitter in 19 portraits

Eric Kennington

1888-1960
Sculptor and artist
Sitter in 13 portraits | Artist of 6 portraits

Laura Knight

1877-1970
Artist and wife of Harold Knight
Sitter in 31 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits

L.S. Lowry

1887-1976
Painter
Sitter in 21 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits