Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Close
Their Finest Hour, May 1940

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: The Royal Hospital Chelsea

How you can use this image

© All rights reserved

Please note that image permissions vary across the Art UK website and that some artworks remain in copyright. Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image. The credit lines indicate who manages the rights within the artwork and the image.

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

Some images on Art UK are available to purchase as prints and may be available to license for commercial purposes through the Art UK Shop. If there is a shopping basket icon underneath an image, click on it to find out how to license that image or purchase a print, through either the Art UK Shop or sometimes through the collection directly.

The collection who own the work may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Notes

Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

On 14th May, 1940, the Government broadcast a message asking for volunteers for the LDV (Local Defence Volunteers). Churchill later changed the name to the Home Guard. It was formed when there was a real risk of invasion, most men who could fight were already in the forces, and those that were left were either too young, too old, or in reserved occupations, jobs vital to the war effort. The Home Guard at this time were expected to fight any invasion of crack German troops with nothing more than a collection of old shotguns and ad hoc homemade weapons! Within the first month 750,000 men had volunteered, and by the end of June the total was over one million where it stayed until stood down in December 1944.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 61 x W 90 cm

Accession number

670

Work type

Painting


Tags

You can help us tag artworks on Tagger. The tags above come from the public, and also from an image recognition project run by the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford.

Normally on display at

The Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London, Greater London SW3 4SR England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue