The War Artists. British Official War Art of the Twentieth Century.
HARRIES, Meirion and Susan.
(London): Michael Joseph / Imperial War Museum / The Tate Gallery, (1983),
First Edition. quarto, blue cloth. (xiii), (310) pp. Michael Joseph / Imperial War Museum / The Tate Gallery, Item #27641
"...the first comprehensive account of the British offical war art schemes from their beginnings in 1916 to the recent Falklands War -- a unique experiment in government patronage which has produced an unrivaled national collection of nearly 12,000 paintings, drawings, and pieces of sculpture. Artists as eminent and varied as Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, L. S. Lowry, Mervyn Peake, Stalnely Spencer, and over two hundred others have been sent to every theatre of war -- to trench, jungle, and desert. This book explains how and why they came to be employed and from offical and personal correspondence, diaries, memoirs, and interviers, documents their individual experiences....Much of the hitherto unpublished material is from the archives of the Imperial War Museum...." Illustrated in color and monochrome. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, not price clipped.