William Leech RHA  b. Dublin 1881 d. Surrey, England 1968
Saint Paul's 1945 by William Leech RHA
© Estate of William Leech, Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 45 x 37 cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0008
Provenance: 1959

This work was exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin in 1946 and it shows the evidence of enemy bombing of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, during World War II.

While the London cathederal generally survived significant bomb damage, it became an inspiration to the British people during the Second World War. Throughout the ’Blitz’, St Paul’s escaped major bomb damage whilst buildings in the surrounding areas were reduced to rubble. Wartime images of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece dating from between 1675-1710 framed by the smoke and fire caused by the bombing became a symbol of the public symbol of surrival in the face of adversity.

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