Construction of a Runway at an Aerodrome

Construction of a Runway at an Aerodrome
Alan Sorrell
Construction of a Runway at an Aerodrome

oil on canvas
66 x 187.9cm
IWM ART LD 5674

The scale, shape, and detail of Sorrell’s painting give some indication of the work required to construct the many runways required to defend Britain and to launch attacks on Germany. The runway dominates the landscape, slicing through and side-lining the old agricultural order. This is clearly the future, the run-down farmhouse part of the past.