image: The view over a desolate landscape with shattered trees, the earth a mass of shell holes. The sun hangs high in the
sky, beams of light shining down through heavy, earth-coloured clouds.
This work, based on the drawing, 'Sunrise. Inverness Copse', is one of the most memorable images of the First World
War. The title mocks the ambitions of the war, as the sun rises on a scene of the total desolation. The landscape has become un-
navigable, unrecognisable and utterly barren. The mounds of earth act almost as gravestones amongst the death and desolation. Nash was
looking for a new kind of symbolism divorced from the more traditional Symbolist principles. He realised that the ideas he had been
presenting in a figurative way before the war could be more meaningful in pure landscape form.
This work, based on the drawing 'Sunrise: Inverness Copse', is one of the most memorable images of the First World
War. The title mocks any ambitions of war, as the sun rises on a scene of total destruction. The landscape has become un-navigable,
unrecognisable and utterly barren; the mounds of earth are gravestones to a recently departed world.
Note: This artwork was relocated in August 1939 to a less vulnerable site outside London when the museum activated its evacuation plan.