Coventry Blitz evoked in painting
Based on his memories of that terrible night, he re-created the scene of the city’s three spires lit by fire and engulfed in smoke.
Later, Uden became an official war artist, and many of his pictures are now kept by the Imperial War Museum.
When staff at the Coventry gallery were made aware that Uden’s daughter was selling the work in Canada, but felt that she would like the picture to by hung in the city that inspired it, a decision was taken to acquire it for the Collecting Cultures project.
Gallery spokeswoman Sally Johnson said: “The painting will go on show from February 25 next year, as part of our free Wonderful Watercolours: views of Coventry and Warwickshire exhibition.
“Alongside Uden’s work will be views of picturesque Warwickshire villages, old Coventry and familiar scenes of Kenilworth and Warwick castles.”