It is often forgotten that in addition to the justly well-known and evocative work of the Official War Artists of 1939–1945, there existed a small number of other artists working to record life in London before and during the Blitz. Among these was this artist who, together with his colleague William Hampton, was employed by the Ministry of Works on the conservation of works of art hanging in Government buildings. Stewart and Hampton, who were too old to be called up for active service, were sent by the Ministry of Information to record bomb damage to various buildings. The series of works form a particularly powerful evocation of the effect of the Blitz on well-known buildings.
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gift from the English Heritage Conservation Studios to the Ministry of Defence, 1993