Sydney Carline (1888 - 1929)

Italian Valley, 1920


SKU: 11618
Signed and dated

Height – 55cm
Width – 60cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Family

Like his brother Richard, Sydney Carline was employed as an Official War Artist by the Imperial War Museum during the First World War, and tasked with documenting aerial warfare. Between 1918 and 1920, Carline produced dozens of artworks recording views over the Western and Italian Front, and the artist’s British Scouts leaving their Aerodrome on Patrol, over the Asiago Plateau, Italy, 1918 – now part of the Imperial War Museum Collection – seems to anticipate this vertiginous, stylishly worked landscape, captured during peacetime in 1920.

The photographs, diaries, and sketchbooks from the Carline brothers travels in Italy are now owned by the Tate Gallery Archive.

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1888 - 1929

Painter and sculptor born in London, son of the painters George and Anne Carline and brother of Richard and Hilda Carline. He studied at Slade School of Art, 1908-11 and in Paris, 1912-13. In 1916 he joined the army and trained as a dispatch rider before becoming a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and like his brother was appointed an Official War Artist in 1918. He successfully depicted war as seen from the air, completing seven large oils on this subject. In 1919 he visited Palestine and Mesopotamia the resultant work being exhibited at the Goupil Gallery in 1920 in a joint show with his brother Richard and later at the Zwemmer Gallery.

Carline also showed with the NEAC and the LG and was appointed Ruskin Master of Drawing at Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford. He died of pneumonia after a visit to John Nash on a frosty evening. He has several medallions in the collection of the NPG and paintings at the Ashmolean, RAF Museum, Hendon, IWM and Tate Gallery.


Sydney Carline (1888 - 1929)
Italian Valley, 1920