Stella Bowen : Art, Love and War
Period: The war years
After the relative hardships of Binbrook station, Stella Bowen found life easier at the Sunderland base at Pembroke Dock in south Wales. She stayed with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and could participate more freely in the social atmosphere of service life.
Bowen found the Sunderlands “beautiful – not sinister like the Lancasters”. She did quick portraits of Flying Officer Frederick Syme and Pilot Officer Ronald Warfield, who are the focus for the group portrait of a Sunderland crew. The nine men are shown coming ashore, framed by the hazy, tranquil bay in front of a picturesque Welsh landscape.