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Atom Bombing of Washington, D.C.; preparatory for "Washington Under the Bomb" in Collier's, October 27, 1951

Object Number: 
1956.9
Date: 
1950
Medium: 
Oil on paper laid on board
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 5/8 x 32 5/8 in. ( 42.2 x 82.9 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower left in oil: "Chesley Bonestell"
Description: 
Landscape that depicts the devastation of nation's capital after the atomic blast; the bomb set many landmarks in D.C. on fire including the Pentagon; it also cracks many of the structures of many landmarks including the Capitol and the Washington Monument.
Gallery Label: 
This picture of a devastated Washington was used to illustrate the article "Washington Under the Bomb" by Hal Boyle, an Associated Press Columnist. The article and picture were part of Collier's thematic issue on World War III.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Chesley Bonestell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group