Evening in the City of London - painting; oil on canvas

This view of the bomb-damaged City of London is taken from the tower of St Mary le Bow Church in Cheapside. Newgate Street and Cheapside are represented by the dark diagonal on the right. St Paul's Cathedral dominates the distance. This is Bomberg's only painting of bomb-damaged London, but his strong blocks of warm colour seem to express optimism. He once said: 'I want to translate the life of a great city ... into art that shall not be photographic, but expressive'. David Bomberg had come to London in 1908 from his native Birmingham. He became associated with the modern styles of art, particularly futurism. During the Second World War, he tried to become involved with the War Artists' Advisory Committee, but his application was twice rejected.
Production Date:
ID no:
Object Size:
69.8 x 90.8 cm (unframed); 86.5 x 107 cm (framed)
Bomberg, David
© Digital image Museum of London

Bookmark with:

  • What are these?