World War II

Instantly recognisable with their distinctive colour-coordinated covers, the eight volumes which make up War Pictures by British Artists were published by the Oxford University Press some 75 years ago. Created to achieve wider appreciation of the artworks commissioned by the War Artistsí Advisory Committee (WAAC), the eight themed pocket books played an important role in how the war was perceived by those living through it and how it would be remembered by future generations. ëWhat did it look like? they will ask in 1981, and no amount of description or documentation will answer themí; so wrote Kenneth Clark in the unsigned text introducing the original series.

This new publication is the third in a series of Liss Llewellyn projects on war art.

Works Featured in this catalogue

Colour Wheel, 1919

Wilson, Robert Arthur

Walled Garden Amongst Kentish Orchards, early 1950’s

Mahoney [nee Bishop], Dorothy

Shell damaged buildings Northern France, c.1918

Wells, Denys

England, circa 1918

Jowett, Percy

An RE8 with a French Nieuport 27 fighter escort, circa 1916

Kelly, Lt Richard Barrett Talbot

A dug-out at Ovillers, 1918

Carline, Richard

Evangeline Booth – Salvation Army, circa 1919

Hill, Ira L.

Les Hymnes Allies, 1917

Hermann-Paul, Rene George

Silence in Heaven, 1925

Carter, Frederick

German observation balloons recording the position of the Allied forces on the Somme
Margaret Sewell, 1927

Moody, John

Soldier Drinking Wine from a Bottle – Study for the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, 1921

Brangwyn, Frank

St George – the original maquette for Cramlington War Memorial, Northumberland, circa 1922

Wrightson, Margaret

Charles Pears
Nocturne: A Ship and a Tug Boat
Charles Pears
Bristol Blenheim setting fire to German oil tanker, circa 1940