A Bofors Gun, Algiers

Henry Carr1943

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums

The Bofors gun is set at the entrance to the port of Algiers, with its crew in place. The first exhibition of war paintings at the National Gallery in London in July 1940 elicited complaints from Henry Carr that there were too many machines and not enough people, either portraits or troops in action. Ironically, this painting highlights the tension of describing mechanised warfare, for it is the gun that dominates the painting, with the soldiers reduced to being mere attendants.

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  • Title: A Bofors Gun, Algiers
  • Creator: Carr, Henry (RA)
  • Date Created: 1943
  • subjects: artillery, weapons, military personnel, cityscape, Bofors gun, North Africa 1939-1945
  • shown in image: Algiers, Algeria
  • related people or organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery, Anti-Aircraft Regiment
  • provenance: War Artists Advisory Committee commission
  • period: Second World War
  • Provenance: Š IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2964)
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/4607
  • Medium: oil on canvas


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