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Paintings of Geevor Tin Mine by the Neo-Romantic painter Graham Sutherland made in 1942.

Graham Sutherland had originally intended to study as a railway engineer before becoming a painter and perhaps this is why Kenneth Clark sent him to the Tin Mine at Geevor to document the war effort in 1942.

Clark was head of the War Artists Advisory Committee, whose aim was to record Britain at war, from bomb damage in the East End of London to tin mining in Cornwall and steel works in Cardiff.

Although Sutherland’s paintings ostensibly depict miners at work, the ochre and red landscapes and the encroaching darkness resonate with an ominous symbolism.

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