I know no better painting than this one, by my husband Cyril Mann (1911-1980), to illustrate London's slow and painful recovery after the war. People are only just returning to work. Note the heavily polluted, yellowish sky from the 'Pea-souper era', the atmospheric bombsites and sparse traffic. This painting was part of a London series painted by my late husband immediately after the war. As bombsites were the last thing people wanted to see at the time, needless to say, they were a financial failure.