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In this work, Kennington captures the moment soldiers scramble ‘over the top’, out of a trench into no man's land to attack the enemy trench line. Many were met almost immediately by a hail of gunfire, causing great loss of life. Kennington’s works have a particular human interest. Having been a soldier, he was able to draw the images with knowledge and accuracy.
This work forms part of the portfolio ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’, a series of 66 lithographic prints commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1917. The series provides a broad and fascinating representation of Britain’s war objectives, military activities and effort on the Home Front.
lithograph on paper
H 50.9 x W 38.2 cm
NMW A 13169
gift from H. M. Ministry of Information, 1919