Title: Press for Making Shells
Object Name: painting
Artist/Maker: Sutherland, Graham Vivian
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Accession Number: 1947.418
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Gift of H.M. Government War Artists' Advisory Committee.
Scene depicting industry on behalf of the war effort, showing a press for making shells: a tall structure with a squared platform surmounted by a tall domed cover, raised high on tall cylindrical legs around a central fire. The precariousness of this structure, teamed with its streaming orifices and sections which are aflame, seem to represent a terrifying self-contained structure reflecting a general mood of anguish in war-time England. The anonymous, marching figures on the left reflect a similar sentiment, as they march into an off-green coloured void. The artist is known for creating surreal and sometimes disconcerting images that extend the picturesque concept of uniting the body with landscape.
Height: 77.2 cm
Width: 45.9 cm