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The Underworld: taking shelter from the bombers

16 Sep

In the IWM North in Salford Quays is an impressive painting by Walter Bayes:

'The Underworld: Taking cover in a Tube Station during a London air raid' Walter Bayes, 1918 (c)IWM

‘The Underworld: Taking cover in a Tube Station during a London air raid’ Walter Bayes, 1918 (c)IWM

The image is distinctly (and understandably) reminiscent of the more familiar pictures of tube stations during the Second World War. It depicts civilians sheltering from the an air raid in the tunnels and on the platform at Elephant and Castle.

Twenty two years after the end of the Great War, in November 1940, Bill Brandt went into that same underground station in South London and photographed Londoners sheltering from the next generation of German bombers.

Elephant and Castle Underground Station, photo by Bill Brandt, 1940 (c)IWM

Elephant and Castle Underground Station, photo by Bill Brandt, 1940 (c)IWM

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1 Comment

Posted by on 16 September 2013 in Air Raid, Places

 

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One response to “The Underworld: taking shelter from the bombers

  1. David Bell

    16 October 2013 at 3:36 pm

    IWM ART 935 : The Underworld: Taking cover in a Tube Station during a London air raid . A very popular image if the number helps.

     

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