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Stunning Aerial Artwork Of The First World War

Brothers Sydney and Richard Carline were employed as official war artists by the Imperial War Museum during the First World War, each tasked with documenting aerial warfare.

Between 1918 and 1920, the brothers produced dozens of artworks recording views over the Western Front, the Italian Front and the Middle East.

Here is a small selection of some of their incredible artwork.

  • Lens, France

    An Impression of Lens, France, 1918, by Richard Carline.
    An Impression of Lens, France, 1918, by Richard Carline.
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    An Impression of Lens, France, Seen from an Aeroplane, 1918, by Richard Carline.

  • The Asiago Plateau, Italy

    British Scouts leaving their Aerodrome on Patrol, over the Asiago Plateau, Italy, 1918, by Sydney Carline.
    British Scouts leaving their Aerodrome on Patrol, over the Asiago Plateau, Italy, 1918, by Sydney Carline.
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    British Scouts leaving their Aerodrome on Patrol, over the Asiago Plateau, Italy, 1918, by Sydney Carline.

  • Lebanon

    Mount Hermon and Mount Sannin above the Clouds, 1920, by Richard Carline
    Mount Hermon and Mount Sannin above the Clouds, 1920, by Richard Carline
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    Mount Hermon and Mount Sannin above the Clouds, 1920, by Richard Carline.

  • The River Euphrates, Iraq

    A British Pilot in a BE2C approaching Hit along the course of the River Euphrates, 1919, by Sydney Carline.
    A British Pilot in a BE2C approaching Hit along the course of the River Euphrates, 1919, by Sydney Carline.
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    A British Pilot in a BE2C approaching Hit along the course of the River Euphrates, 1919, by Sydney Carline.

  • Ypres, Belgium

    Ypres Seen from an Aeroplane, 1918, by Richard Carline.
    Ypres Seen from an Aeroplane, 1918, by Richard Carline.
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    Ypres Seen from an Aeroplane, 1918, by Richard Carline.

  • The Sea of Galilee

    The Sea of Galilee: Aeroplanes Attacking Turkish Boats, 1919, by Sydney Carline.
    The Sea of Galilee: Aeroplanes Attacking Turkish Boats, 1919, by Sydney Carline.
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    The Sea of Galilee: Aeroplanes Attacking Turkish Boats, 1919, by Sydney Carline.

  • Baghdad, Iraq

    Baghdad, 1919, by Richard Carline.
    Baghdad, 1919, by Richard Carline.
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    Baghdad, 1919, by Richard Carline.

  • The Iraqi Desert

    Flying Over the Desert at Sunset, Mesopotamia, 1919, by Sydney Carline.
    Flying Over the Desert at Sunset, Mesopotamia, 1919, by Sydney Carline.
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    Flying Over the Desert at Sunset, Mesopotamia, 1919, by Sydney Carline.

Discover more imaginative responses to conflict through artworks from the First World War to today in our exhibition Visions of War Above and Below.