The Camouflage Workshop, Leamington Spa, 1940

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.