Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Box Factory Fire

About this artwork

Barns-Graham moved to St Ives during World War Two, where she acted as an Air Raid Warden. In this painting, she depicted the spectacular burning of a local box factory. She initially drew the scene in a rapid ink drawing. She later added the elements and forms of the factory interior, including collapsed beams, fallen wheels and other destroyed machinery contained within the shell of the building’s walls. The painting was included in the second exhibition of the ‘Crypt Group’ of modern artists, including Sven Berlin, John Wells, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter, held in the crypt of the former Mariners Church in St Ives in 1947.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham