The Great War – As Recorded through the Fine and Popular Arts, Morley Gallery, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1, until 2nd October, 2014
Ludovic-Rodolphe (Rodo) Pissarro (1878-1952),
Business as Usual, c.1916,
Signed with initials,
Watercolour on paper, 7 x 5 1/2 in. (14 x 8 cm)
It is fitting that this very special exhibition should be taking place so close to London’s Imperial War Museum as it is part of the IWM-led WW1 Centenary initiatives. This exhibition has been ten years in the making and Liss Fine Art deserve our congratulations on their impressive achievement.
George Edward Wade (1853-1933),
Sergeant of the Grenadier Guards in Marching Order ,
Plaster, 17 in. (43 cm) high
By combining fine and popular arts they show not only the varying responses to the war but also how women, pacifists and fighting men were depicted. It is a very comprehensive survey.
Adolph Treidler (1886-1981)
For every fighter a woman worker – care for her through the YWCA, c.1918,
Lithograph, 40 x 30in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Among the artists represented are Eric Kennington, Spencer Pryse, Colin Gill, Percy Jowett, William Strang and Stanhope Forbes, as well as Henry Tonks, Christopher Nevinson, James McBey, Ellis Martin and Muirhead Bone.
Henry Tonks (1862-1937),
Study for ‘An Advanced Dressing Station in France’, 1918
Pastel on paper, 20 x 14 in. (50.5 x 35.5 cm)
The pictures are greatly enhanced with a generous loan of WW1 memorabilia, propaganda, commemorative china, Trench Art, miniatures, and historic artefacts from the collection of David and Judith Cohen.
An extremely rare hand-painted Savoy china (Birks Grotesques) World War One CONCHY.
A Chloe Preston “peek-a-boo” character.
Height: 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm)
A fully illustrated 260 page catalogue accompanies the exhibition and all the proceeds will go to The Red Cross and Morley College.
Geoffrey Watson (1894-1979),
A Direct Hit, 1918,
Signed, titled and dated,
Monochrome watercolours with gouache, 20 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (52 x 36 cm)
An extremely rare W. H. Goss “Peace” plate, c.1919,
China – transfer printed ceramic, diameter: 8 in. (20.5 cm)