Alexander Nikolsky, The Hall of Twelve Columns, 1941. An architect of some standing, Nikolsky was one of the leading proponents of constructivism in Saint Petersburg during the 1920s and 1930s. All through the Siege of Leningrad, September 1941 to January 1944, he kept a richly illustrated diary, that to this day remains one of the most vivid documents of its time. This drawing, my favourite in the series, shows the Hermitage Museum’s famous Hall of Twelve Columns ghostly lit with but one light bulb to protect the building from the German air raids. Source: BBC.
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Henry Moore, Tube Shelter Perspective, 1941, graphite, ink, wax and watercolour on paper (Tate, London). One of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century, Henry Moore spent much of the London Blitz sketching people sheltering from the bombs in the Underground. Many of the resulting drawings, this one included, were exhibited by the National Gallery already in 1941, and have since never been out of favour with either the critics or the public. Source: Tate.