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Title: Press for Making Shells

Object Name: painting

Artist/Maker: Sutherland, Graham Vivian
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1941

Accession Number: 1947.418
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Gift of H.M. Government War Artists' Advisory Committee.

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • oil paint/oil
  • hardboard
  • oil on hardboard


  • oil

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.


Type: unframed
Height: 77.2 cm
Width: 45.9 cm

Type: frame
Height: 92.7
Width: 63.0
Depth: 4.7