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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.
oil on board
35.5 x 38.5 cm
unknown acquisition method