Glass-blowers 'Gathering' from the Furnace

Glass-blowers 'Gathering' from the Furnace
Mervyn Peake
Glass-blowers 'Gathering' from the Furnace

watercolour
50.8 x 68.5cm
IWM ART LD 2851

Glass blowers are gathering molten glass as part of the production of cathode ray oscillation tubes. Chance Brothers in Birmingham was the only glass factory in Britain to have developed the technique of blowing this complex shape. The tube was a nineteenth century invention central to the development of television and radar; by 1943, 7,000 tubes were being produced each week. Peake was fascinated by the manufacturing process and by the balletic skills of the workforce.