GERALD GRUBB R.A. ORIGINAL SKETCHES FROM WW2 INC. MUSIC FOR ALL CONCERT 1944

GERALD GRUBB R.A. ORIGINAL SKETCHES FROM WW2 INC. MUSIC FOR ALL CONCERT CAIRO 1944

I would like to share selection of sketches by Gerald Grubb R.A.which were recently rescued from a garage were they had been for all their life. This collection has been assembled by subject matter and is only a fraction of the total amount of artwork. I will be listing others in seperate auctions. Gerlad Grubb was a recognised artist who was once listed in the Who's Who In Art book (please see photos).

These sketches are old and some have signs of damp with torn edges but if framed properly this could be eliminated. The sketches are a document of the past and historically important for WW2 collectors. These are all the WW2 Cairo sketches from the collection. They depict the concert, rest room, chess, Cantine Francais, American Red Cross Club and others and include some names of people there. Approx 30. Measuring 20-24cm x 34cm each. History of the M.F.A : * An old 750-seat cinema in Cairo's Marouf Street became the unlikely repository for a burst of cultural activity among the British conscripts stationed in the city during the Second World War. Still fondly remembered as `Music for All', it was the creation of Lady Dorothea Russell Pasha, wife of the city's police chief between 1917-46, Sir Thomas Wentworth Russell Pasha. Technically never at war and never bombed -- with Rommel's Afrika Korps on its doorstep and well outside the Suez Canal Zone which had been retained as a British base under the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 -- wartime `neutral' Cairo was a city where the lights never went out. With its enormous garrison of 140,000 British troops, Cairo's role as the intelligence and operational HQ for the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Arab world, had concentrated a khaki-clad entrepreneurial cross-section of intellectual Britons in the city. Some devoted their energies to the creation of maverick military units like Popski's Private Army, the Long Range Desert Group, the SAS, an Anglo-Egyptian strand of what became the Forces Broadcasting Service (where Raymond Baxter was to cut his teeth, reading NAAFI News), and the Desert Purchasing Organisation -- a mini-Harrods where soldiers could buy gold, silver, ivory, leather and silk souvenirs totally unrelated to the realities of war just a few miles away. The rest found their way to Music for All (as Dorothea Russell had named it) where the cinema had been transformed with a piano, a gramophone and Lady Russell's personal record collection. Here the concentrated cream of the conscripted intelligentsia found a comfortable nest in which to nurture their dormant creativity. `Music for All provides a recreation centre primarily for music and talks. It is for all ranks', said the 1943 Services Guide to Cairo: `There are four entertainments every night in the air-conditioned Music Room. Four nights a week there are concerts, including a military band; one night a week a gramophone recital (symphonies and operas); one night a talk; and the other night varies from week to week. First class artists only appear, and all the distinguished visiting artists in Egypt can be heard here'. Sunday night concerts by the new Cairo Symphony Orchestra, led and often conducted by Squadron Leader Hugo Rignold became a popular feature, as did ENSA visits. Some suggested Lady Russell's inspiring energy was mere sublimation of years of notorious marital infidelity by her husband, but it was an era when the English ladies of Cairo, like Lady Lampson, wife of the ambassador, and Lady Wavell, wife of the general, did `their bit' for the war in forces welfare, as a diversion from the city's thriving brothels -- which lured soldiers at 5 piastres (about 5p, or a shilling) a time, and included a free condom and tin of antiseptic ointment from a Royal Army Medical Corps orderly stationed at the door at approved establishments. With both the Afrika Korps and the ensuing Egyptian summer out of the way, the latent British culture blossomed in the autumn of 1943 with such events as the publication of Oa...

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