12 Paintings Of Life Along The Western Front

  • 1. A Street in Arras

    A Street in Arras, 1918, by John Singer Sargent.
    A Street in Arras, 1918, by John Singer Sargent.
    Art.IWM ART 1607

    A Street in Arras, 1918, by John Singer Sargent. Scottish infantrymen rest against the exterior wall of a shell-damaged building in Arras.

  • 2. Oppy Wood

    Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, 1918, by John Nash.
    Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, 1918, by John Nash.
    Art.IWM ART 2243

    Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, 1918, by John Nash. Two infantrymen stand in a trench next to a dug-out entrance, one of them on the firestep looking over the parapet into no man's land.

  • 3. The Captive

    The Captive, 1918, by Colin Gill.
    The Captive, 1918, by Colin Gill.
    Art.IWM ART 1209

    The Captive, 1918, by Colin Gill. A German prisoner and his British captor rest in a communication trench.

  • 4. Reliefs at Dawn

    Reliefs at Dawn, 1917, by CRW Nevinson.
    Reliefs at Dawn, 1917, by CRW Nevinson.
    Art.IWM ART 513

    Reliefs at Dawn, 1917, by CRW Nevinson. British soldiers, wearing full kit, walk through a trench at dawn.

  • 5. An Incident on the Western Front

    An Incident on the Western Front, 1918, by Louis Weirter.
    An Incident on the Western Front, 1918, by Louis Weirter.
    Art.IWM ART 2660

    An Incident on the Western Front, 1918, by Louis Weirter. A dogfight involving five aircraft plays out over the countryside of the Western Front.

  • 6. An Advanced Dressing Station in France

    An Advanced Dressing Station in France, 1918, by Henry Tonks.
    An Advanced Dressing Station in France, 1918, by Henry Tonks.
    Art.IWM ART 1922

    An Advanced Dressing Station in France, 1918, by Henry Tonks. Casualties are examined and treated at a dressing station next to a ruined church.

  • 7. A Howitzer Firing

    A Howitzer Firing, 1918, by Paul Nash.
    A Howitzer Firing, 1918, by Paul Nash.
    Art.IWM ART 1152

    A Howitzer Firing, 1918, by Paul Nash. Four British artillerymen, standing beneath a canopy of camouflage netting, fire a Howitzer gun.

  • 8. The Mascot of the Coldstream Guards

    The Mascot of the Coldstream Guards, 1917, by William Orpen.
    The Mascot of the Coldstream Guards, 1917, by William Orpen.
    Art.IWM ART 3003

    The Mascot of the Coldstream Guards, 1917, by William Orpen. A soldier rests in a tent, his washing hanging to dry in the sun. A small white goat stands outside the tent in the sunshine.

  • 9. The Guns

    The Guns, by Henri Lucien Cheffer.
    The Guns, by Henri Lucien Cheffer.
    Art.IWM ART 15595

    The Guns, by Henri Lucien Cheffer. A French gun team make adjustments to the elevation of a heavy artillery gun mounted on a railway carriage.

  • 10. Crashed Aeroplane

    Crashed Aeroplane, 1918, by John Singer Sargent.
    Crashed Aeroplane, 1918, by John Singer Sargent.
    Art.IWM ART 1610

    Crashed Aeroplane, 1918, by John Singer Sargent. Two farmworkers gather crops, paying little attention to the crashed aircraft in the field behind them.

  • 11. An Observer

    An Observer, 1915, by Edward Handley-Read
    An Observer, 1915, by Edward Handley-Read
    Art.IWM ART 178

    An Observer, 1915, by Edward Handley-Read. A British infantryman on observation duty in a trench looks out into no man's land.

  • 12. Ypres Salient, Dawn

    Ypres Salient, Dawn, February 1918, by Louis John Ginnett.
    Ypres Salient, Dawn, February 1918, by Louis John Ginnett.
    Art.IWM ART 5207

    Ypres Salient, Dawn, February 1918, by Louis John Ginnett. A view over the devastated landscape of the Ypres salient as the sun rises.