Victory is in the Kitchen! A little souvenir from the IWM London. Many I have spoken to find it very dull and monotonous, however, I found it quite attractive. Just something about the whole place, I really love. You walk in through large pillars and a grand doorway, air filled with a sense of nostalgia, heritage, and national belonging. Continuing through to a large room filled with planes, trucks, cannons, the whole shabang of vintage war; you think you’ve seen it all in one but the more you look the more you find extra little hidden beauties, scattered throughout the museum.
Here I have two pages on bravery in ordinary people. I really liked the fact the museum encourages bravery and that you don’t have to be famous to be bold and courageous.
The first page is about a man called William Robinson VC. He achieved his Victoria Cross by exploding a German Airship on the 2nd of September 1916, protecting the citizens of London from a whole 32 tons of bombs. This all took place in the sky whilst the people of London watched on from below. Cheers came from the onlookers as the ship fell from the sky, it is said you could hear the whole of London rejoicing and celebrating this one man’s act of service.
Page two consists of a painting by Gilbert Roberts called ‘Gassed’ (1919) I thought the placement of the painting in the museum gallery was very tactical. The whole room is square and white with a nude carpet and small pictures hanging, but the far wall is black with this massive painting on it. The man shown is painted almost life-size with sharp eyes on his mask. It is the first thing you see when walking into the room. When I walked in I literally took a step back in shock! I thought this picture is so powerful and instantly has an impact, it must be good! I have to draw it! Even as I was sketching I found it hard not to get upset, even just a little. I recommend you go and see it in the IWM, it really was astounding!!!!!!!
Initial sketch before the oil pastels…