Sacha Llewellyn and Paul Liss’s WWII War Pictures by British Artists is a stunning collection of images produced during the Second World War. Cataloguing the art featured in the exhibition of the same name (currently on show at Morley College in London), the book includes more than 160 paintings, engravings, and sketches, complete with explanatory captions and artist biographies.
Among the collection are several artworks commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee, established by the Ministry of Information in 1939 ‘to record the war at home and abroad’. The editors also shed light on ‘unofficial’ British war art produced during the same period, incorporating images that were rejected by or never submitted to the Committee.
The catalogue features three illustrated essays. These explore the role of the WAAC between 1939 and 1945, art and advertising in war, and the wartime history of Morley College.
The book’s appendix includes a comprehensive list of the 37 WAAC members given full-time employment during the war – names like Muirhead Bone and Graham Sutherland leap out from the register – as well as details of those artists employed on shorter contracts, and those who sold or donated work to the WAAC on an ad hoc basis.
This month, we have five copies of WWII War Pictures by British Artists to give away. For more information about the exhibition, which runs until 23 November, visit www.llfa.gallery