Study for Landing Men from a Naval Fight, circa 1914
Framed (ref: 6080)
Pencil, black and red chalk, wash and watercolour on paper
Provenance: Father Jerome Esser
Literature: This drawing will appear as reference W1845) in Dr LIbby Horner's forthcoming catalogue raisonne
This composition is a study for the lithographic poster printed by the Avenue Press for the 1914 War Society. The final design included the lettering
‘DO YOUR DUTY TO OUR BOYS AS/THEY ARE DOING THEIRS TO YOU/THE 1914 WAR SOCIETY WANTS TO GIVE EVERY DISABLED MAN A FAIR/CHANCE OF HONOURABLE INDEPENDENCE IN HEALTHY RURAL SURROUNDINGS’ and on the right: ‘DONATIONS/LARGE OR SMALL/BUT SEND NOW WHILE/YOU THINK OF IT.
The same final design was reproduced as a stamp and post card.
It has been suggested that the image depicts the Gallipoli campaign but that took place between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. It is more likely to be a generic scene. For example the Daily News and Leader of 5 August 1914 reported that a naval engagement had taken place off the Scottish coast and that the wounded had been landed at Cromarty.
We are grateful to Dr. Libby Horner for assistance.