Oil on canvas 40 x 50 inches. First sketched in August 1942
First Exhibition London: Royal Academy 1943 No 243
The person with her hands on her hips was Jean Brydon.
Depicts a barrage balloon being hoisted into the air by a team of women with a background of chimneys in Coventry. In the middle ground damaged buildings may be seen.
The work was commissioned by the War Office as propaganda to recruit in their words – ‘the right sort of woman for Balloon Command’.
The artist achieved this by making their work appear both a heroic and also a glamorous occupation.
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