Charles Cundall (1890-1971):
St Paul’s and London from the Thames, during the Blitz, 1943
Framed (ref: 2608)
Signed and dated; stamped on the reverse with studio stamp
Oil on canvas, 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (38.5 x 54 cm)
St Paul’s Cathedral became an inspiration to the British people during the SecondWorldWar .The general population was subjected to the might of the German airforce’s Blitzkrieg attack on major cities across the UK.Throughout the Blitz, St Paul’s miraculously escaped major bomb damage, whilst buildings in the surrounding areas were reduced to rubble. Images of St Paul’s framed by the smoke and fire became a symbol of the nation’s indomitable spirit. In 1945 services at St Paul’s,marking the end of the war in Europe, were attended by 35,000 people.