World War II

Instantly recognisable with their distinctive colour-coordinated covers, the eight volumes which make up War Pictures by British Artists were published by the Oxford University Press some 75 years ago. Created to achieve wider appreciation of the artworks commissioned by the War Artistsí Advisory Committee (WAAC), the eight themed pocket books played an important role in how the war was perceived by those living through it and how it would be remembered by future generations. ëWhat did it look like? they will ask in 1981, and no amount of description or documentation will answer themí; so wrote Kenneth Clark in the unsigned text introducing the original series.

This new publication is the third in a series of Liss Llewellyn projects on war art.

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Works Featured in this catalogue

Frederick Carter (1883 - 1967)
The Babe of Fire, circa 1915


Frederick Carter (1883 - 1967)
The Four Winds of the Apocalypse, 1925


Official photograph taken on the Western Front: C.2224 The Battle of Flanders…
L’abreuvoir de L’Olympia pendant un entr’acte, circa 1918
English School ()
S.O.S. To All Nations – Disarm, League of Nations Union, circa 1920
Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)
‘On this occasion there was the usual confusion’ 1925


William Hugh Duncan Arthur ()
Menin Road Ypres, 1917
Richard Carline (1896 - 1980)
A dug-out at Ovillers, 1918
Winifred Knights (1899 - 1947)
Self-portrait and Study for The Deluge, c. 1920
Return from Ypres, circa 1916
Denys Wells (1881 - 1973)
Shell damaged buildings Northern France, c.1918


Dorothy Mahoney [nee Bishop] (1902 - 1984)
Walled Garden Amongst Kentish Orchards, early 1950’s


Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)
Original design for the woodcut Damn the War, 1919