A Fort Ambleside Gun 1943

From Tinning’ diary while on furlough in Vancouver: “Wed 10 Nov 43 Command car called for me at 0900 hrs and took me to Ambleside where I did 4 pictures – one good, two possible. Home by 1800 hrs.” Seen below is Tinning’s sketch of a 3.7” anti-aircraft (AA) gun position at Fort Ambleside on the North Narrows of Burrard Inlet opposite Stanley Park.[LAC 1990-143-9] Below the sketch is a photo to demonstrate the accuracy of the sketch –  an essential requirement for Canadian War Artists: “Accuracy was paramount, and the degree to which the artists saw this as important can be seen in their thousands of detailed small sketches of equipment, vehicles, and uniforms”. [Dr. Laura Brandon]

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