In one of LS Lowry’s most compelling paintings, he paints a solitary figure – perhaps himself – surrounded by the aftermath of a bombing raid on Manchester during the Second World War.
Lowry had been working as a fire-watcher in Manchester, usually stationed on the roof of a city centre department store. He recalled being ‘first down in the morning to sketch the blitzed buildings before the smoke and grime had cleared.’
Manchester Took It Too was a propaganda film released after bombing raids over two nights in December 1940. It shows damage done to major Manchester landmarks and the clearing up afterwards by firemen, soldiers and civilians.
It is preserved at the North West Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University: https://www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk