In the early 1940s Sir Kenneth Clark, then the director of the National Gallery, launched the “Recording Britain” scheme employing artists to record and capture the British landscape and lifestyle.

The project ran for 3 years during which time 97 artists produced over 1500 artworks, including these three Watercolour paintings of Wilton by H. S. Merritt.

After the war the entire collection was given to the V&A Museum who hold the paintings as part of their archive. Many of the works have been digitised and can be viewed in the V&A online collection here.

Images courtesy of the V&A Museum