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Born in Vietnam to a French Algerian/ Italian father, Edward Ardizzone was one of the 20th century's best-known book illustrators. During the Second World War, he worked as a war artist, concentrating on the everyday experiences of Londoners. On one occasion, when sketching in the East End, he was arrested as a suspected spy. Here Ardizzone records a family group waiting for the Underground shelter to open. With the intensification of bombing in the summer of 1940, groups began to gather in the late afternoons, ready to go below when the air raid siren sounded. Most bombing raids occurred at night.
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