According to the Edward Bawden site the original drawings were stored down a well in Great Bardfield for safe-keeping during the war, but were in too poor a state for publication, and so were re-painted in 1980. Though in the books Introduction it explains that the original pictures were restored by Miss Lewisohn of the Fitzwilliam Museum Conservation department, with Mr Bawden repainting some so as to complete the story.
|A good friend to Thomas Hennell, the artist Edward Bawden|
An interesting piece on War Artists, including the elusive and sensitive Hennell who was captured by Indonesian nationalist fighters in Batvia in November 1945 and was presumed to have been killed shortly thereafter - here
Thomas Hennell- The Tree circa 1938-40