Mudie-Cooke, Olive

(1890 – 1925)

Wimereux: Volunteers Laying a Plank Road, circa 1920

£200.00

Inscribed with title in the plate

Lithographic print
2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (7 x 11.4 cm)

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Redfern Gallery

In 1919 Mudie-Cooke came to the attention of the Women’s Work Sub-Committee of the newly formed Imperial War Museum which acquired a number of her paintings for its fledgling collection. 

This purchase included her most famous picture, In an Ambulance: a VAD lighting a cigarette for a patient.

In 1920 the British Red Cross commissioned her to return to France to record the activities of the Voluntary Aid Detachment units who were still providing care and relief there.

Her paintings from this visit include examples of war damage, the shattered landscapes of the former battlefields and women tending graves in a cemetery.

Some of these images were reproduced in a limited edition of lithographs entitled: With the VAD’s in France, Flanders and Italy.

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THE ARTIST

Mudie-Cooke, Olive

1890 – 1925

Olive Mudie-Cooke studied at St John’s Wood Art School,
Goldsmith’s College, and in Venice before travelling to France
in 1916 as a Voluntary Aid Detachment driver. Whilst in France,
she produced numerous drawings and watercolours of the events
she witnessed. 

Seeking to promote the somewhat underrepresented impact
of women on the war effort, the Women’s Work Sub-Committee
purchased several of Mudie-Cooke’s paintings for the Imperial War
Museum in 1919. 

In 1920, she was commissioned by the British Red Cross
to return to the Western Front as an official war artist, and she
created remarkable depictions of the human side of conflict, such
as British medics treating French peasants wounded by shells left on
the Somme battlefield. 

She exhibited at the Cambridge University Architectural Society
in 1921 and travelled widely in Europe and Africa in the following
years; returning in 1925 to France, where she took her life.

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