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World War II: Official War Artists


38 People in artist grouping:

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.

Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone

1900-1979
Artist and illustrator
Sitter in 6 portraits
John Armstrong

John Armstrong

1893-1973
Painter and soldier
Sitter in 4 portraits
Robert Sargent Austin

Robert Sargent Austin

1895-1973
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden

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

David Bomberg

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

Stephen Bone

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

Henry Marvell Carr

1894-1970
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir William Menzies Coldstream

Sir William Menzies Coldstream

1908-1987
Painter
Sitter in 21 portraits
Charles Cundall

Charles Cundall

1890-1971
Painter and printmaker
Sitter in 3 portraits
Simon Elwes

Simon Elwes

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

Richard Ernst Eurich

1903-1992
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Barnett Freedman

Barnett Freedman

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

Charles Ginner

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

Duncan Grant

1885-1978
Artist
Sitter associated with 30 portraits | Artist of 9 portraits
Anthony Imre Alexander Gross

Anthony Imre Alexander Gross

1905-1984
Painter and etcher
Sitter in 2 portraits
Eliot Hodgkin

Eliot Hodgkin

1905-1987
Artist and writer
Sitter in 19 portraits
Eric Kennington

Eric Kennington

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

Laura Knight

1877-1970
Artist
Sitter in 34 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
L.S. Lowry

L.S. Lowry

1887-1976
Painter
Sitter in 22 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Henry Moore

Henry Moore

1898-1986
Sculptor
Sitter in 99 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

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