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Take-off and Landing Field

Photo credit: British Council Collection

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This work was the last Richards painted as a sapper (a military engineer) that he submitted to the War Artists Advisory Committee in September 1943. He described the painting as depicting 'A cruciform slab of concrete about 1.5 miles in length, which eventually became a take off and landing field for large bombers, an invasion base for a Second Front (Suffolk).' In the Spring of 1943 Richards transferred to 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron and started his training in what was known to other initiates as 'Kilkenny's Circus' at Ringway near Manchester.

British Council Collection


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  • Medium

    oil on cardboard

  • Measurements

    62.2 x 75.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee, 1946


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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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