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Big Guns to the Front

© David Messum. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Lucy Kemp Welch was born in Bournemouth and made a reputation as a horse painter. Lucy studied under Herkomer at Bushey. She was eager to pursue a role as a war artist during the First World War but encountered much rejection due to the fact that she was female. An early poster she produced for the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee did however become very popular. Although the cavalry were fast becoming outmoded, horses remained important for hauling guns and supplies and maintaining communications in the worst conditions.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 198 x W 381 cm

Accession number

NMW A 4939

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1921

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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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