Canadian Corner, My Grandfather Machine-Gunned by Low-Level Intruder, 1940

© the artist. Image credit: Bromley Historic Collections

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The grandparents of the artist, Stephen Chaplin, moved to live with him in 1940 when they retired. Chaplin’s grandfather was quite foolhardy in the face of war. He slept upstairs and took walks during alerts. He used to walk to Canadian Corner to meditate upon the graves of those who had died during World War One. During one occasion he was forced to take shelter behind the tombstones, as he came under attack. He survived, unharmed, although he was quite shaken by the experience.

Central Library, Bromley



Canadian Corner, My Grandfather Machine-Gunned by Low-Level Intruder, 1940




oil on canvas laid on panel


H 25.4 x W 30.5 cm

Accession number

LDBMP: 2006.23.9

Acquisition method

gift from the artist, 2006

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