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A Farm in Wales

ARMSTRONG, John (1893 - 1973)

A Farm in Wales

Date: 1940

Media: tempera on gesso panel

Size: 63.6 x 51.0 cm

Acquired: 1948; Gift; War Artists Advisory Committee

Accession Number: NMW A 2088

After studying in Oxford and London, Armstrong established his reputation during the 1930s as an illustrator and a designer. He became a member of Unit One in 1933 and developed a dream-like Surreal style. Armstrong's fascination for ruined buildings and images of decay found a natural outlet when he became an official war artist. This bombed farmhouse may be the same one that Graham Sutherland painted in 1940, at Aberthaw near the R.A.F. station at St. Athan, west of Cardiff.

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