A Worm’s Eye View: Soldiers’ Art in WWI
Runs from 29 February – 20 May
The events of the First World War were well documented, not least by those who experienced first-hand the reality of the battlefields. Official photographers such as Henry Armytage Sanders and war artists such as Nugent Welch were employed to capture a particular view of war that could be shown to an audience without compromising public sensitivities. However, soldiers often used whatever materials they had to hand – pencils and diaries or scraps of note-paper – to draw what they saw or record their experiences in writing, in an attempt to convey what was really happening.
The expression ‘a worm’s eye view’ is taken from a collection of pencil sketches by Private William Francis Weatherall, displayed in this exhibition. His sketches, like the other works here, are common soldiers’ perspectives of war shown through their own candid portrayals, wrought with grit and humour.
Come and see this unique group of works, which represents the Turnbull’s significant collection of unofficial pictorial accounts of the war. Many of them have never previously been shown.
A worm’s eye view (Ref: A-451-020-009)
As I appeared last night (Ref: A-451-020-004)