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Haberdashers' Hall Haberdashers' Hall

Haberdashers' Hall

Item Code: AG-haberdashers-s
Medium
Watercolour & gouache
Date of Work
1941
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
20
Width (cm)
32
Signed and dated watercolour, gouache and ink.

Gross was appointed as a salaried war artist at the height of invasion fears in the summer and early autumn of 1940. During late 1940 and throughout 1941 he painted 98 sketches, watercolour and oil paintings on home front themes such as the Blitz, including this image of the bombed Haberdashers' Hall in the City of London.
Anthony Gross portraitAnthony Gross was born in London in 1905 and studied painting and engraving at the Slade. Later he studied in Paris and Madrid and spent much of his time in France. In 1940 Gross evacuated his family on one of the last ships to leave Bordeaux. He was appointed an Official War Artist and landed in Normandy with the Allied troops on D-Day, holding his materials aloft as he waded ashore.

Gross was very prolific, producing more than 500 pictures during the War. Post-war, he stayed in France before finally buying a house in the south-west in 1955 and settled into a pattern of living and working there during the summer but returning to London each winter. In 1980 he was elected an R.A. Gross died in 1984.
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