Category Archives: War Artists

C. R. W. Nevinson

Yesterday at Leeds Art Gallery Sue Malvern (author of the excellent Modern Art, Britain and the Great War, Witnessing, Testimony and Remembrance ) gave the latest in their series of talks on art and the Great War. Her subject was: ‘C.R.W.Nevinson, the “bad” boy of modernism.’ It was a good bracing talk. She doesn’t rate […]

‘War, Art and Surgery’ at the Hunterian Museum

I had a bit of spare time in London last Friday, so took a look at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. I’d never been there before. The main museum space is packed with medical curiosities – deformed skulls and pickled gall bladders, that sort of thing. Invaluable […]

Portraits, Epstein, handwriting

I’m delighted to learn that the National Portrait Gallery will be mounting a large exhibition of First World War portraits next year, starting in February. The NPG is my favourite art gallery. I popped in while I was in London last weekend, and had my spirits lifted by a small display of William Nicholson woodcuts, […]

Vorticists and Entertainers

In London yesterday, I visited a pair of contrasting exhibitions. The Vorticists at Tate Britain displays a lot of artwork from Wyndham Lewis and his chums (and a few of his enemies). It was the sculpture that most impressed me. Epstein’s Rock Drill (above)  meets you at the door, and it’s still a wow a […]


News comes in of the Imperial War Museum‘s plans for 2014. There will be new WW1 galleries, of which the Daily Telegraph tells us: Personal items, letters and diaries, many of which will be exhibited in interactive, multimedia displays, will be at the centre of the new galleries, telling the individual stories of some of […]

The Old Paradigm

I’m reading (for review elsewhere) Elizabeth Vandiver’s excellent book on the influence of the Classics on First World War poetry, Stand in the Trench, Achilles. Vandiver is a writer who has done her homework. Not only does she draw attention to writers who do not usually figure in accounts of the War’s poetry (I want […]

Oxford Literary Festival

The Oxford Literary Festival starts tomorrow, and includes several items of WW1 interest. On Saturday 20 March, at 4 p.m., Juliet Nicholson will be discussing the aftermath of the War in a talk called The Great Silence. On Tuesday 23rd, at 8 p.m. David Boyd Hancock will be talking about his book A Crisis of […]

Great War on the Plinth

Having done my own stint on Mr Gormley’s plinth a month ago,  (nothing to with the  Great War, though I did mention the nineteenth-century Afghan Wars, and quoted Kipling) I always check the site first thing in the morning, to see what has been happening. As I write this, a young man is standing in […]

IWM North

Being in the area, I popped in to see the Northern branch of the  Imperial War Museum today. It’s on the edge of an industrial estate, quite near Old Trafford, and the building is spectacular. It’s designed by Daniel Liebeskind, an architectural rule-breaker, and the idea is that it represents an exploded world, with the […]

Jagger’s Artillery Memorial

When I was in London a while back, I walked through Hyde Park, and looked at Artillery Memorial by Charles Sargeant Jagger , surely the most remarkable in London.