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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
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
Sir William Menzies Coldstream

Sir William Menzies Coldstream

1908-1987
Painter
Sitter in 22 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
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 33 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
L.S. Lowry

L.S. Lowry

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

Henry Moore

1898-1986
Sculptor
Sitter in 98 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Rodrigo Moynihan

Rodrigo Moynihan

1910-1990
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits
Paul Nash

Paul Nash

1889-1946
Artist
Sitter in 32 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Christopher Nevinson

Christopher Nevinson

1889-1946
Artist
Sitter in 14 portraits
Mervyn Laurence Peake

Mervyn Laurence Peake

1911-1968
Artist and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
John Piper

John Piper

1903-1992
Artist and writer
Sitter in 59 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Eric Ravilious

Eric Ravilious

1903-1942
Painter, engraver and mural decorator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Leonard Rosoman

Leonard Rosoman

1913-2012
Painter
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits
William Rothenstein

William Rothenstein

1872-1945
Artist and teacher of art
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist associated with 221 portraits
Ruskin Spear

Ruskin Spear

1911-1990
Painter
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist of 12 portraits