BANKSY British (b. 1975) BOMB HUGGER, 2003 Aerosol on cardboard
31 by 22 inches
A black and red aerosol stencil executed on cardboard depicting a young girl with braids hugging an aerial bomb. The painting was used as a placard in England during the international anti-war protests of 2003. A photograph of the owner shown holding an identical placard can be seen in a corresponding article published in the Basingstoke Gazette during the time of the protests.
PROVENANCE Basingstoke Anti-War Protest, England Private collection London.
LITERATURE Basingstoke Gazette (UK, March, 2003) variant. We also had the actual one from the photo. Sold now. Purchased by an US buyer at Juliens later sold to us.
On last photo 3-D from Massive Attack carrying another sign that probably does not exist any more.
The placards used in London at the Embankment a month earlier all seem to have the NO with very large sprayed letters on the dress. The Basingstoke with small NO letters sprayed on the girls forehead. Also it seems the Basingstoke variants have the girls hand intact on the bomb as the London variants lacks the hand. We were also the owner of the actual one depicted in Basingstoke Gazette. The stencil matches this one 100 %.