News of a Pit Disaster in the Next Valley
In April 1940 John Elwyn faced an Objectors’ Tribunal and was assigned forestry work in the Afan Valley. When in 1948 he eventually completed his studies at the Royal College of Art and embarked upon a career as professional artist, he drew on sketchbook drawings of the mining communities near Pont-Rhyd-y-Fen where he had lived when working on the land during the war.
News of a Pit Disaster in the Next Valley shows the moments after the hooter – a steam whistle – sounded to signal a major incident underground. The miners’ families leave their homes and make their way to the colliery where they will wait anxiously outside the gates for news of loved ones.
oil on board, 1948