Art from the First World War Book of Postcards
The war art schemes, developed by the British government’s Department of Information during the First World War, were an unprecedented act of government sponsorship of the arts. As the schemes evolved, they ultimately explored every aspect of conflict, from the violence of warfare to hastened social and industrial change at home.
The Imperial War Museum (IWM), established in 1917, was charged with collecting a wide variety of material documenting the war, including art. In addition to acquiring works produced under the Department of Information schemes, the museum also commissioned its own artists.
In February 1918 the Department of Information became the Ministry of Information and established the British War Memorials Committee. This committee widened the scope of the war art schemes considerably by planning a Hall of Remembrance. This was to be a record and a memorial to the Great War through paintings commissioned from the best and, on occasion, the most avant-garde British artists of the day. However, lack of funding after the war meant the Hall of Remembrance was never built, and the collection of paintings was given to the Imperial War Museum.
- Sydney W. Carline (1888–1929), Flying Over the Desert at Sunset, Mesopotamia, 1919
- Charles Pears (1873–1958), Streaming the PVs: Paravanes enable a ship to go through mines in almost complete safety, 1919
- Sir John Lavery (1856–1941), ‘Rigids’ At Pulham. R23 Type British Airships at Pulham St Mary, Norfolk, 1918
- L. Campbell Taylor (1874–1969), Herculaneum Dock, Liverpool, 1919
- Frank Dobson (1886–1963), The Balloon Apron, 1918
- Colin Gill (1892–1940), Observation of Fire, 1919
- Norman Wilkinson (1878–1971), The Balloon Ship Hector with Kite Balloon Spotting Off the Left Flank at the Dardanelles Operations, 1915
- William Orpen (1878–1931), Harvest, 1918
- Oscar Parkes (1885–1958), HMS Lord Clive: Shelling the German forts on the Belgian Coast with her 18-inch gun, 1918
- Douglas Fox-Pitt (1864–1922), Indian Army Wounded in Hospital in the Dome, Brighton, 1919
- Norman G. Arnold (1892–1963), A Daylight Raid On London, 7th July 1917: Seen from the roof of the Royal College of Science with the Brompton Oratory in the foreground, 1918
- Sydney W. Carline (1888–1929), The Sea of Galilee: Aeroplanes Attacking Turkish Boats, 1919
- Colin Gill (1892–1940), Evening, After a Push, 1919
- Andrew Carrick Gow (1848–1920), Volunteers Drilling in the Courtyard of Burlington House, 1915
- Darsie Japp (1883–1973), Regimental Band, 1918
- Thomas Derrick (1885–1954), American Troops at Southampton Embarking for France, 1918
- Colin Gill (1892–1940), Heavy Artillery, 1919
- Sydney W. Carline (1888–1929), British Scouts leaving their Aerodrome on Patrol, over the Asiago Plateau, Italy, 1918
- Paul Nash (1889–1946), We are Making a New World, 1918
- Louis Weirter (1873–1932), An Incident on the Western Front, 1918
- Henry Rushbury (1889–1968), The War Refugees’ Camp, Earl’s Court, 1918
- John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), A Street in Arras, 1918
- Leon Underwood (1890–1975), Erecting a Camouflage Tree, 1919
- Bernard Meninsky (1891–1950), On the Departure Platform, Victoria Station, 1918
- A. J. C. Bryce (1868–1940), The Postal Censorship, Strand House: Censoring letters to and from enemy prisoners of war. In the background are Col Creagh, Censor, and Mr A O T Bennett, Deputy Assistant Censor, 1918
- William Orpen (1878–1931), My Work Room, Cassel, 1917
- Louis Weirter (1873–1932), An Aerial Fight, 1918
Pomegranate’s books of postcards contain up to thirty top-quality reproductions bound together in a handy, artful collection. Easy to remove and produced on heavy card stock, these stunning postcards are a delight to the sender and receiver. Postcards are oversized and may require additional postage.