Olive Mudie-Cooke (1890 - 1925)

Treport, 1920


SKU: 9148
Watercolour over a lithographic base
4 x  91/2 in (10 x 24 cm.)

Height – 10cm x Width – 24cm

1 in stock


The Redfern Gallery

In 1919 Mudie-Cooke came to the attention of the Women’s Work Sub-Committee of the newly formed Imperial War Museum which acquired a number of her paintings for its fledgling collection. 

This purchase included her most famous picture, In an Ambulance: a VAD lighting a cigarette for a patient.

In 1920 the British Red Cross commissioned her to return to France to record the activities of the Voluntary Aid Detachment units who were still providing care and relief there.

Her paintings from this visit include examples of war damage, the shattered landscapes of the former battlefields and women tending graves in a cemetery.

Some of these images were reproduced in a limited edition of lithographs entitled: With the VAD’s in France, Flanders and Italy.

Modern British Art Gallery are continually seeking to improve the quality of the information on their website. We actively undertake to post new and more accurate information on our stable of artists.

We openly acknowledge the use of information from other sites including Wikipedia, artbiogs.co.uk and Tate.org and other public domains. We are grateful for the use of this information and we openly invite any comments on how to improve the accuracy of what we have posted.


Olive Mudie-Cooke
1890 - 1925

Olive Mudie-Cooke studied at St John’s Wood Art School,
Goldsmith’s College, and in Venice before travelling to France
in 1916 as a Voluntary Aid Detachment driver. Whilst in France,
she produced numerous drawings and watercolours of the events
she witnessed. 

Seeking to promote the somewhat underrepresented impact
of women on the war effort, the Women’s Work Sub-Committee
purchased several of Mudie-Cooke’s paintings for the Imperial War
Museum in 1919. 

In 1920, she was commissioned by the British Red Cross
to return to the Western Front as an official war artist, and she
created remarkable depictions of the human side of conflict, such
as British medics treating French peasants wounded by shells left on
the Somme battlefield. 

She exhibited at the Cambridge University Architectural Society
in 1921 and travelled widely in Europe and Africa in the following
years; returning in 1925 to France, where she took her life.


SKU: 9148

Olive Mudie-Cooke (1890 - 1925)

Treport, 1920


SKU: 9146

Olive Mudie-Cooke (1890 - 1925)

St. Martin, Ypres, circa 1920


SKU: 7708

Olive Mudie-Cooke (1890 - 1925)

Rouen. The Drivers Hut, circa 1918