Artist Alfred Kingsley Lawrence: First WW soldier with bandaged head

Artist Alfred Kingsley Lawrence (1893-1975): First WW soldier with bandaged head

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Alfred Kingsley Lawrence (1893-1975):
First WW soldier with bandaged head
Unmounted (ref: 9580)
Charcoal with white highlights

19 x 12 1/4 in. (48.3 x 31.1 cm)

See all works by Alfred Kingsley Lawrence charcoal men Commemorating World War I



In 1914, Lawrence  had voluntarily joined the Northumberland Fusiliers’ 19th battalion (2nd Tyneside Pioneers), which was posted to France in 1916. He was mentioned in despatches in January 1917, most likely for his actions during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme. Upon discharge in 1919, he resumed his scholarship at the Royal College of Art.

This drawing is possibly a study for his lost masterpiece The Altruists, first exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, 1924: