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Women War Artists, Imperial War Museum, London | reviews, news & interviews

Women War Artists, Imperial War Museum, London

Women War Artists, Imperial War Museum, London

Compelling and imaginative responses to war by female artists

Laura Knight's 'Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-Ring': a famously captivating image of the Home Front'

The sturdy, healthy, almost glowing attractiveness of Ruby Loftus, her reddish curls partly tamed by a green hair net, her face punctuated by bright-red lipstick characteristic of the 1940s, her blue overall neatly complementing her red shirt, and her expression intense and concentrated as she screws a breech ring as part of the manufacture of the Bofors gun at a factory in Newport, is a famously captivating image of the Home Front in the last world war.

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