BRCS and Order of St John Offices, Hotel Christol, Boulogne

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 3550
Art and Popular Design
Subject period
  • medium: Watercolour
  • Support: Height 336 mm, Width 508 mm
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  • object category: drawing
Gift of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1920

Object description

image: an interior view of a Red Cross office in the Hotel Christol in Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France. A British officer stands behind a high desk in front of two large sash windows.


A large 19th century hotel, conveniently situated near the port on the north bank of the river Liane, the Hotel Christol was rapidly commandeered for military purposes in 1914. For a brief period at the beginning of the war it was No.7 Red Cross Hospital (Allied Base Hospital) before becoming the Head Quarters of the Red Cross in France in 1915. It was also used as a Hostel and Restaurant for Red Cross workers and relatives passing through Boulogne until May 1919. It continued in use as a hotel until the Second World War, when it was destroyed along with large swathes of the waterfront.

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