Damn the War

The paintings produced during both Wars represented a new departure: the aim was no longer to produce eulogies to heroic military leaders and national triumph. Rather, artists sought to portray the impact of war on society as a whole, in battle and on the home front their body of work providing a unique portrait of a nation in bloody conflict and social upheaval. The artists of both Wars adapted and directed their work towards national needs, recognising the importance of recording as well as responding to the events and individuals around them, often taking huge risks to create their works. Some paid with their lives. Eric Ravilious, death in 1942 was one of the great tragedies of the War Artists schemes.
The pictures reproduced in this catalogue capture the breadth of experience of civilian and military life. the national mood at home and the contrasting and varied responses to the two World Wars. They also provide a fascinating cross-section of artistic practice during two of the most critical periods in twentieth-century British history.

Works Featured in this catalogue

Study for Coastal Operational Training Unit (Limavady, Northern Ireland), circa 1942

Cundall, Charles

Ambleside, View from the Library Roof, circa 1942

Mahoney, Charles

Lockheed Hudson, c.1942

Cundall, Charles

The Heart of the Empire: Our Finest Hour, 1940

Barry, Claude Francis

Monte Cassino, circa 1944

Barry, Claude Francis

Functions of Combat; Service of Supply, circa 1945

Cornwell, Dean

A speeding train hurled into another….

Sheppard, Raymond

Abstract study in maroon, blue and yellow

Stephenson, John Cecil

Study in mauve, blue and black, circa 1944

Stephenson, John Cecil

Gas Mask Drill (oval with sketch to top right), 1939

Mahoney, Charles

Street scene with children wearing gas masks, circa 1940

Mahoney, Charles

Study of two girls, Gas Mask Drill, circa 1940

Mahoney, Charles

Study sheet with figures for Gas Mask Drill, 1939

Mahoney, Charles

Digs at Ambleside, c.1940

Mahoney, Charles

Original design for the woodcut The Fire, Tragedy of Dixmude, 1919

Brangwyn, Frank

Self-portrait as an Auxiliary Fireman, c.1941

Potter, Frank

The End of a Doodlebug, Hampstead Heath, 1945

Stephenson, John Cecil

Lord Kitchener, circa 1900

Nicholson, William

Original design for the woodblock Horresco (V2125), circa 1918

Brangwyn, Frank

Shell damaged buildings Northern France, c.1918

Wells, Denys

England, circa 1918

Jowett, Percy

May Morning, Putney Embankment, July 6th, 1939

Sorrell, Alan

Composition with airfield base

Sorrell, Alan

Study for An Aerial View of a Wartime Airfield, circa 1942

Sorrell, Alan

Sketch for An Aerial View of a Wartime Airfield, circa 1944

Sorrell, Alan

Study for Watch Office, RAF Station, circa 1944

Sorrell, Alan

Study for Marching Gun Range and Rifle Range, RAF Station

Sorrell, Alan

The Allied Forces – a commemorative design for a stained glass window

School, English

Hero’s Widow, (the original plate) 1944

Austin, Robert

Repose, c. 1917
Knocked out German trench mortar at the gates of the ruined chateau at Hangard, taken by 1st Canadian Mounted RiflesAugust 17th 1918
Portrait of J.A. Leach, of Messrs A V Roe of Manchester,1943

Horton, Percy

Repose, (on blue paper), c. 1917
Portrait of a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, c.1930

Halliday, Edward

Campbed, 1939

Austin, Robert

Eyes to the Right, Eyes to the Left, early 1940’s

Lewis, Stanley

Ready for the Off, early 1940s.

Lewis, Stanley

Study for The Phantom Eyre, circa 1940

Sauter, Rudolf

The Sinister Insect: The Dragon Fly, circa 1940

Sauter, Rudolf

Hero’s Widow, 1944

Austin, Robert

Possibly a study for Tobermory from the Admirals Flagship, c. 1942

Cundall, Charles

An Allegory of War, 1939-1945

Austin, Frederick

Forward Observation Dugout, Indian Village, Festubert, June 1915

Kelly, Lt Richard Barrett Talbot

Making dresses for the Red Cross, c. 1944

Allan, Rosemary

Spitfire, in from Dieppe, Crash Landed 1942
Crash Landed, repairs after Dieppe Raid, sept 1942
Altar (War and Peace), 1939

Halliday, Edward

An RE8 with a French Nieuport 27 fighter escort, circa 1916

Kelly, Lt Richard Barrett Talbot

A dug-out at Ovillers, 1918

Carline, Richard

Phantom Eyre, 1944

Sauter, Rudolf

Palestine

Carline, Richard

Peronne 3.1.1919

Procter, Ernest

Self-portrait, Ambleside, 1941

Mahoney, Charles

Calm in the Baltic, 1935

Cundall, Charles

Zeppelin in flames as seen through telescope from Southfields, September 3rd 1916.

Hunt, Walter

The Wind Tunnel – Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough, 1944

Jones, Barbara

Bomb damaged houses, Coventry, circa 1942

Humphrey, Peter

The Day War Broke Out , Mom 1939

Moody, Victor Hume

Story board – Panic Party, Gun crew lying motionless, Periscope Up, Firing at U-Boat, Flooded Vessel, circa 1950

Sheppard, Raymond

The British Restaurant at Acton, Middlesex, 1942

Rowntree, Kenneth