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Lieutenant Lewis Pash Renateau (d.1978), 13th Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada

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Lieutenant Renateau, an officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War (1914–1918), was taken prisoner near St Julien, near Ypres, on 24 April 1915. He was transferred to the Giessen camp, where fellow-prisoner Raphael Drouart took his portrait. The box lid which forms the base for Drouart’s painting of Giessen under snow was, in fact, the lid of a food parcel originally sent to Renateau.

In civilian life Renateau had been a naval architect who had emigrated to Canada from England.

National Army Museum



Lieutenant Lewis Pash Renateau (d.1978), 13th Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada




oil on board


H 36.2 x W 25.7 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1989-04-130

Acquisition method

purchased from David Cohen Fine Art Limited, 1989

Work type



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