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

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Charles Mahoney
Observation Post – Wrotham Hill, circa 1940
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Alfred Kingsley Lawrence
A Northumberland Fusilier, 1916
Private
Collection
Claude Francis Barry
Peace Night, 1919
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Barnett Freedman
Trench, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, c. 1931
Barnett Freedman
The Sleeping Dead, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, c. 1931
£2,500.00
Barnett Freedman
Night, c. 1931
£2,950.00
Barnett Freedman
Two Vignettes, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer c. 1931
£900.00
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Barnett Freedman
Bomb Damaged Houses, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer c. 1931
Charles Cundall
The British Railways Carry On, 1941
£68,000.00
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William Rothenstein
Democracy and Tyranny, 1917
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Arthur Edwards Hamish Milne
The Weird Barrier, circa 1917
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William Farley
Woodland Music, mid 1920’s
Alfred Kingsley Lawrence
Still life with WW2 field instruments
£975.00
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Flora Glover
Allegory of War, early 1940’s
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Phyllis Ginger
Design for a Wedgwood Plate, circa 1944
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H. Scott Orr
The Theatreland Raid, 13th October 1915 – a set of six albumen prints
On Loan
Hubert Arthur Finney
A formation of Douglas A-20 Havocs, early 1940’s
Hubert Arthur Finney
A British Red Cross Society Volunteer 1941
£1,275.00
Rudolf Sauter
Searchlights along the Thames Estuary, October 1940
£9,500.00
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Ellis Martin
Loading Shells
Leslie Carr
Merchant Ships Tethered with Barrage Balloons, and a Dazzle Camouflage Destroyer
£48,000.00
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Margaret Wrightson
St George – the original maquette for Cramlington War Memorial, Northumberland, circa 1922
Frank Brangwyn
War Bonds 2 (Back Him Up, Buy War Bonds) W1930, circa 1918
£3,800.00
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Alfred Kingsley Lawrence
Portrait of a Naval Officer
Alfred Kingsley Lawrence
Sergt. Pilot J.C. McWilliams, 1942
£4,750.00
Frederick Carter
Escape, circa 1915
£1,200.00
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Frank Brangwyn
Soldier Drinking Wine from a Bottle – Study for the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, 1921
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Christopher R.W. Nevinson
Banking at 4000 Feet, 1917
Private
Collection
Helen Blair
Scene from the Book of Job, circa 1935
John Moody
Margaret Sewell, 1927
£14,750.00
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer
Portrait of a Soldier, circa 1940
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer
Trench Digging
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Gilbert Spencer
Left…rapid…fire!
Private
Collection
Gilbert Spencer
The Parade Ground
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Gilbert Spencer
Darling, what have you done with my battledress?, 1941
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer
Protective Covering
Isobel Atterbury Heath
A Royal Navy Mine Sweeper in Dry Dock, circa 1940
£5,000.00
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Olive Mudie-Cooke
Unique presentation portfolio of fifteen lithographs, ‘With the VAD Convoys in France, Flanders, Italy’,
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Charles Pears
The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941
Charles Pears
Bristol Blenheim setting fire to German oil tanker, circa 1940
£16,000.00
Forthcoming
Muirhead Bone
First Worldwar soldier, full length profile
German observation balloons recording the position of the Allied forces on the Somme
£6,950.00
Forthcoming
David Evans
Air Escape, 1970
Forthcoming
David Evans
War in the Air
Francis Spear
Saint Michael Killing Satan
£2,500.00
Barnett Freedman
15-inch Gun Turret, HMS Repulse, 1941
£1,875.00
Rudolf Sauter
After the raid, circa 1940
£8,750.00
Reserved
Rudolf Sauter
Soldier (believed to be a self-portrait), 1939
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Rudolf Sauter
Soldier Holding a Gas Mask (believed to be a self-portrait), 1939
Private
Collection
John Edgar Platt
St Anthonys Lighthouse, Falmouth, 1941
Private
Collection
James Walker Tucker
Letters from Home
James Woodford
Dawn Chorus, 1946-7
£4,750.00
Reserved
Henry Arthur Riley
Me, 1940-42
Ludovic-Rodolphe (RODO) Pissarro
Back to the Land “Farming”
£3,800.00
Ludovic-Rodolphe (RODO) Pissarro
“Munitionnette”
£3,800.00
Auguste Gorguet
Concordia
£2,900.00
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Charles Cundall
Study for Tobermory from the Admirals Flagship, c.1942
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Charles Cundall
Study for St Pauls Cathedral
Private
Collection
Evelyn Dunbar
Men Stooking and Girls Learning to Stook. 1940
Private
Collection
Evelyn Dunbar
Study at Sparsholt Farm Institute for A Land Girl and the Bail Bull, 1944 [HMO 40]
Private
Collection
Evelyn Dunbar
Singling Turnips, 1943
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Mary Adshead
British Restaurant Coventry After Dinner, 1941
H. Scott Orr
The Theatreland Raid, 13th October 1915
£12,000.00
Forthcoming
Evelyn Dunbar
Land Workers at Strood, c. 1938 [HMO 762]
Frederick Carter
Silence in Heaven, 1925
£240.00
Private
Collection
Keith Henderson
France, 1917
Rene George Hermann-Paul
Les Hymnes Allies, 1917
£1,100.00
Alan Sorrell
The Evening Signal, 1940
£12,750.00
Pierre Abadie-Landel
Les Joies du Poilu [The Pleasures of the Poilu], set of 6
£3,800.00
Private
Collection
Winifred Knights
Leaving the Munitions Works, 1919
Private
Collection
Stanhope Alexander Forbes
Shell Workers, 1918
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Ugo Matania
Gunners passing burning buildings, illustration for The Sphere 26/5/1917
Robert Austin
Springtime at Fulham, 1921
£3,850.00
Ira L. Hill
Evangeline Booth – Salvation Army, circa 1919
£1,200.00
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Bert Thomas
Naval images of our Allies, circa 1914
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Harold M. Brett
A Destroyer on a night time naval encounter, circa 1915
Charles Cundall
Study for Hipper at Kiel, c.1945
£11,000.00
Private
Collection
John Cecil Stephenson
Looking towards Highbury, city of London on fire in background… night of april 16, 1941
Muirhead Bone
Full size drawing for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, circa 1942
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Barbara Jones
Louis Bleriot flying the English Channel, 1909
Forthcoming
Evelyn Dunbar
Milking Practice with Artificial Udders, 1940
Private
Collection
Kenneth Rowntree
The British Restaurant at Acton, Middlesex, 1942
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Victor Hume Moody
The Day War Broke Out , Mom 1939
Peter Humphrey
Bomb damaged houses, Coventry, circa 1942
£11,000.00
Forthcoming
Barbara Jones
The Wind Tunnel – Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough, 1944
Charles Cundall
Calm in the Baltic, 1935
£2,400.00
Sold
Charles Mahoney
Self-portrait, Ambleside, 1941
Richard Carline
Palestine
£3,250.00
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Rudolf Sauter
Phantom Eyre, 1944
Lt Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly
An RE8 with a French Nieuport 27 fighter escort, circa 1916
£18,000.00
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Edward Halliday
Altar (War and Peace), 1939
Frederick Austin
An Allegory of War, 1939-1945
£3,300.00
Alan Sorrell
Study for Marching Gun Range and Rifle Range, RAF Station
£2,500.00
Alan Sorrell
Study for Watch Office, RAF Station, circa 1944
£2,900.00
Alan Sorrell
Sketch for An Aerial View of a Wartime Airfield, circa 1944
£1,900.00
Alan Sorrell
Study for An Aerial View of a Wartime Airfield, circa 1942
£2,950.00
Alan Sorrell
May Morning, Putney Embankment, July 6th, 1939
£4,750.00
Percy Jowett
England, circa 1918
£35,000.00
On Loan
John Cecil Stephenson
The End of a Doodlebug, Hampstead Heath, 1945
Reserved
Frank Potter
Self-portrait as an Auxiliary Fireman, c.1941
Charles Mahoney
Digs at Ambleside, c.1940
£2,650.00
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Charles Mahoney
Gas Mask Drill (oval with sketch to top right), 1939
Charles Mahoney
Street scene with children wearing gas masks, circa 1940
£1,950.00
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Dean Cornwell
Functions of Combat; Service of Supply, circa 1945
Claude Francis Barry
Monte Cassino, circa 1944
Private
Collection
Claude Francis Barry
The Heart of the Empire: Our Finest Hour, 1940
Charles Cundall
Lockheed Hudson, c.1942
£2,350.00
Private
Collection
Charles Mahoney
Ambleside, View from the Library Roof, circa 1942
Charles Cundall
Study for Coastal Operational Training Unit (Limavady, Northern Ireland), circa 1942
£14,500.00