The Camouflage Workshop, Leamington Spa, 1940

The Camouflage Workshop, Leamington Spa, 1940
Edwin La Dell ARA
The Camouflage Workshop, Leamington Spa, 1940

oil on panel
43.4 x 55.8cm
IWM ART LD 322

Workers are sewing and designing camouflage in a workshop. Behind them, large samples are hung from the walls. The enclosed room with its bright electric lighting and the level of industry imply that the work was both secretive and urgent: camouflage was an essential defence, particularly for buildings during daylight air raids. Many artists with their awareness of perception and pattern were involved in its design and production.