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Last updated 7 July 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Finally, the world can see the artist John Brill - painting his mother
The mural was purportedly produced with boot polish by a prisoner of war, using fingers, matchsticks and the like.
(see update pages.)
If it is still there (2004) it will have deteriorated even more than it had in the 19 years between it's creation and my visit to the town. (see update pages.)
It is now some 62 years since it was produced.
My inexperienced photography resulted in badly lit and slightly out of focus pictures, which were all taken from the left end of the wall.
The resulting parallax error can be seen, where the right end has less height than the left, and slopes.
At a little over the age of 18, I saw the mural more as a curiosity than appreciating it for what it really is... a masterpiece
How age changes one's perspective!
The photographs are a very poor substitute for the awe inspiring vision when first seen in full sized reality.
The true beauty and very fine detail was clearly visible to the naked eye, from across the room.
The enlargements shown on other pages are a poor attempt to convey that detail and share this experience.
I am not an artist, in fact I cannot draw a decent circle, let alone hope to interpret the artist's intended meaning or thoughts.
It would add great interest and be of benefit to all viewers, if people with artisitic insight were to generously offer their comments about this mural by e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
It is becoming increasingly unlikely, but...
was anybody now viewing this page, present in this room at the time of production?
Just below the skulls at the top left of the mural is the inscription...
J. Brill R A S C 21 4 42
When did he append his name, start or finish, and how long did the mural take to produce?
(see update pages.)
The artist, John Brill - painting his mother
Generous courtesy of a family member who owns Copyright
Private John Frederick Brill (4617871) 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment
died in action 1st July 1942 at the very young age of 22,
fighting for his country in a far off inhospitable land.
He was buried at the El Alemein War Cemetery.
He was the son of Frederick and Eliza
from Wanstead in Essex
and later Thorpe Bay.