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"Hawker Hurricane cradled in a human hand" by Reginald Mount, Post-1941. Gouache on board.

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Hawker Hurricane cradled in a human hand

"Hawker Hurricane cradled in a human hand" by Reginald Mount, Post-1941

Catalogue ref: INF 3/328Links to the Catalogue


This Soviet-style image depicts a Hawker Hurricane cradled in a human hand, which is emerging from below a sea horizon, with a sea foreground. This image was ‘No. 5' in a series of posters (the others included a tank, lorry and parcels), designed possibly for British factories, but more likely for export to the Soviet Union, as the finished design is accompanied by Russian text.

In 1942 Lord Beaverbrook had returned with a collection of original Soviet posters, which were published, with English translations, in British factories and the British looked to provide posters in return.

The hand represents the British merchant navy carrying war supplies to ‘Russia', in this instance a Hawker Hurricane. The Hawker Hurricane equipped numerous Soviet squadrons at a time when industrial production was dislocated by the German onslaught.