Watercolour drawing by Laurence Scarfe (1914-1993) showing a radiochemical experiment in progress behind lead-brick shielding within a fume cupboard. A remote control variac is to the bottom right of the cupboard. The row of taps along the cupboard base control water, compressed air. A rubber hose leads from outlet nozzles to behind the shielding. In the foreground are protective rubber gloves to be worn by the operator and a pistol-grip radiation monitor. One of a series of six watercolours showing different interior views at aeRE Harwell in 1950-1951, signed and dated August 1950, which he later used as reference for his mural 'Atomic Energy' in the Dome of the Festival of Britain 1951. Works rubber stamped verso: Laurence Scarfe ARCA FSIA 30 Paultons Square Chelsea SW3.
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