Tunnard moved to Cornwall in 1930 to run a hand block-printing silk business with his wife. From 1940-5 he served as a coastguard, at a time when the coast was heavily proscribed in the interests of national defence.
Like other paintings Tunnard made at this time, Reclamation conveys some sense of what it was to gaze out over the sea from a coast guard’s post on top of the cliffs. The abstract shapes, which are like events held in a static view, may also evoke the military technology of the time.
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