Grey Tube Shelter, 1940 (by Henry Moore)
One evening in autumn 1940, Moore took cover from an air raid in Belsize Park underground station. Looking around at the people sheltering there, he became ‘fascinated by the sight of people camping out deep under ground’. On returning to his studio he made some drawings from memory. When Kenneth Clark, chairman of the War Artists Advisory Committee, saw the pictures he commissioned
further drawings and appointed Moore as an official war artist.
These drawings were exhibited for the first time in 1941. They were often interpreted as metaphors for the stoic resistance of the British people in the face of war.