New Arrivals : F4 Ward, No 36 Stationary Hospital, Mahemdia, Sinai
image: The interior of a ward in the 36th Stationary Hospital in Egypt. Five convalescing troops, wearing their blue
hospital uniforms, sit on a row of beds in the ward. A nurse stands by a shelving unit in the left foreground with a medical orderly to the
This painting was to feature in a Hall of Remembrance devoted to ‘fighting subjects, home subjects and the war at sea and in the air’. The centre of the scheme was to be a coherent series of paintings based on the dimensions of Uccello’s ‘Battle of San Romano’ in the National Gallery (72 x 125 inches), this size being considered suitable for a commemorative battle painting. While the commissions included some of the most avant-garde British artists of the time, the British War Memorials Committee advisors saw the scheme as firmly within the tradition of European art commissioning, looking to models from the Renaissance. It was intended that both the art and the setting would celebrate national ideals of heroism and sacrifice. However, the Hall of Remembrance was never built and the work was given to the Imperial War Museum.
Ministry of Information Commission, Scheme 2. Scheme administration transferred to Imperial War Museum,