Gerald Spencer Pryse (1882-1956):
The Retreat from Ypres, circa 1917
Framed (ref: 6077)
Oil on canvas
42 x 50 ins. (106.5 x 127 cm.)
Provenance: The film director Stuart Cooper (who played alongside Orson Wells in The Dirty Dozen) and produced the celebrated film Overlord.
Exhibited: Home Lad, Home, The War Horse Story, St Barbe Musuem & Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire, 1st March – 25th April 2014.
Literature: Upper Grosvenor Galleries Memorial Exhibition catalogue of works by Gerald Spencer Pryse catalogue (1962)
Pryse served as an Officer in Queen Victoria’s Rifles and was twice wounded, losing sight of one eye. He had a distinguished service career and was awarded the Military Cross in the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. This painting shows a column of infantry marching with their Officer mounted on his horse.
Pryse produced a large body of lithographic work during the First World War including The Retreat of the 7th Division and 3rd Cavalry at Ypres. During the war many of his drawings appeared in the Illustrated London News.