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

Robert Arthur Wilson (1884 - 1979)
Colour Wheel, 1919
Dorothy Mahoney [nee Bishop] (1902 - 1984)
Walled Garden Amongst Kentish Orchards, early 1950’s
Percy Jowett (1892 - 1955)
England, circa 1918
Lt Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly (1896 - 1971)
An RE8 with a French Nieuport 27 fighter escort, circa 1916
Ira L. Hill (1877 - 1947)
Evangeline Booth – Salvation Army, circa 1919
Rene George Hermann-Paul (1864 - 1940)
Les Hymnes Allies, 1917
Frederick Carter (1883 - 1967)
The Babe of Fire, circa 1915
Frederick Carter (1883 - 1967)
Silence in Heaven, 1925
German observation balloons recording the position of the Allied forces on the Somme
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Margaret Sewell, 1927
Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)
Soldier Drinking Wine from a Bottle – Study for the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, 1921
Margaret Wrightson (1877 - 1976)
St George – the original maquette for Cramlington War Memorial, Northumberland, circa 1922
Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)
Nocturne: A Ship and a Tug Boat
Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)
The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941
Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)
Bristol Blenheim setting fire to German oil tanker, circa 1940