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Doodlebug Alley – The Crooked Cross, 1944
Framed (ref: 7906)
Signed and dated, titled and additional inscribed to verso, Press & Censorship Bureau approval stamp to verso
Watercolour on paper
10 x 14 ½ in. (26 x 37cm)
Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 54.
Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 54, page 93.
During World War II, Rudolf Sauter was an Army Welfare Officer under South Eastern Command. Although he was never an official war artist the events he witnessed informed his work.
Sauter produced imaginative compositions with prophetic titles inspired by events he had observed; but he was disinterested in attempting to portray a faithful account. With some considerable liberty here Sauter shows V-1 Flying Bombs under attack from anti-aircraft artillery, indicated by the shell bursts lower right, and/or North American P-51 Mustangs. Flying Bombs were extremely fast and very small so had to be hit directly from behind which made the danger of flying into the debris cloud unavoidable.