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Alto Cumulus Lenticular

Photo credit: Ministry of Defence Art Collection

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This evocative little work is one of a set of 14 studies of cloud formations. Each piece is, in itself, a pleasant landscape; possibly unremarkable. But the superficial attractiveness conceals a darker message. In 1916 the Royal Flying Corps, which had grown out of the Royal Engineers at the beginning of the First World War, rapidly developed into an effective combative force rather than an aerial reconnaissance unit, which had been its first task.

Ministry of Defence


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  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    35.5 x 38.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    unknown acquisition method


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Ministry of Defence

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