In the Shelter

Ardizzone, Edward Jeffrey Irving (CBE, RA)1940

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums
London, United Kingdom

This view of the interior of a blockhouse shelter during the London Blitz is one of many images that were commissioned and purchased by the War Artists Advisory Committee: the British government was anxious to show how the civilian population coped under fire and how adequate provision had been made for their defence. Ardizzone's painting is typically comic; the couple, asleep on their feet, counterbalance precariously above a child, and the figure behind is clearly snoring. There is also an obvious tenderness in his painting, along with a recognition of the uncomfortable conditions.


  • Title: In the Shelter
  • Creator: Ardizzone, Edward Jeffrey Irving (CBE, RA)
  • Date Created: 1940
  • Location: England, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: w320 x h256 mm (unframed)
  • Provenance: © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 472)
  • Type: drawing
  • External Link: Imperial War Museum website
  • Medium: Watercolour

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