Lot 323: Brian Montagnol Gilks (British 1902-1967): Auxiliary firemen fighting a fire in St Paul's Churchyard

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Lot 323: Brian Montagnol Gilks (British, 1902-1967): Auxiliary firemen fighting a fire in St Paul's Churchyard, Canon Street, after a bombing during World War II, circa 1940, signed lower right, H 68 x W 50 cm. Note: Gilks' work was shown in 1941 at the Firemen Artists exhibition at the Royal Academy - in aid of the London Fire Service Benevolent Fund - which later toured America and also included the work of Norman Hepple and Leonard Rosoman. The Firemen Artist group, highly acclaimed in Britain and in North America during the Second World War, comprised graduates from the finest art schools, professional illustrators and talented amateurs - all were volunteers in the Auxiliary Fire Service and found themselves on the frontline during the Blitz; they were referred to by Winston Churchill as 'heroes with grimy faces'. Little is known about Gilks but he is believed to have also designed furniture and studied at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. A photograph of him carrying a casualty exists in the Imperial War Museum. Please note that Artist's Resale Rights may apply to this lot Boningtons' The Country House Sale July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £500-800
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