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- "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be." -- Churchill. ~~Hitler's forces had swept through western Europe, and dominated the continent. The Soviet Union was allied with Germany. The United States was decidedly neutral in the early days of the war. And Hitler was threatening to invade the British Isles. The German strategy was to intimidate the English into surrender. The strategy failed, and it failed because of thousands of British citizens like those depicted in this portfolio.~~The new Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was a last chance choice whom many thought disastrous. In fact, he inspired the nation -- exhorting and galvanizing ordinary people to be part of the effort to defeat Hitler. And they did.~~Artist Graham Barry Clilverd had worked primarily as an architectural painter, engraver and etcher. Now his gifts were utilized by the Admiralty in Camouflage, Section C. He and many other quite ordinary people became unlikely warriors. This portfolio of his caricature drawings of his colleagues captures the very essence of Britain at war.~~Here they are, a somewhat motley crew, responding to Churchill's clarion call -- civil engineers, artists, surveyors -- using their talents in defense of their island home.~~Clilverd the artist. In his self-portrait he wears a suit fashioned of camouflage material and carries a gentleman's walking stick folding chair. ~~Atkinson, a bit of a dandy holds a paint brush while Clilverd sits on his walking seat in the background. ~~C. K. Johnstone-Burt -- a man in a hurry, dashing in topcoat and soft hat -- and Herbert Chatley, -- holding a map of the coastline and pulling a toy warship --civil engineers who oversaw the construction of the "Churchill Barriers" at Orkney, constructed to protect the Royal Navy's fleet.~~F. R. Maude, surveyor, became the Chief Surveyor of Lands. A leering visage invites us to: "Come into the Garden . and Survey the Land". [He wrote an attached note calling the likeness "very good" and praising the artist for capturing his "ugliness".~~All of the caricatures radiate good cheer and determination to get the job done. Their very ordinariness makes some of them difficult to identify. Clilverd has captured their spirit, their humor, and their strength. They are what defeated Hitler. They are England.~~England's war effort splendidly captured in this group of 30 caricature portraits.~digital images can be made available upon request.
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