The painting depicts Burra's response to the Second World War as he observed if from Rye, his birthplace.

It depicts a monstrous harpy with red eyes and claws descending from a red sky; a swirling plume of black smoke rising from the horizon indicates where the harpy has already struck. Rye was part of the chain of radar stations along the south coast which the Luftwaffe attempted to destroy during the winter of 1940-1941.


Conrad Aiken, USA.

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