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The Eve of the Battle of the Somme

© estate of the artist. Photo credit: The Fleming Collection

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'The Eve of the Battle of the Somme', with its poignant images of doomed youth at rest and play and its unmistakable Christian references, is the pictorial equivalent of some of the great poems written by young British servicemen in the First World War. In 1915 Gunn enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles and in 1916 was stationed in northern France where he briefly had a studio in the barracks.

The Fleming Collection

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 83.8 x W 91.4 cm

Accession number

FWAF/RF919

Work type

Painting


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The Fleming Collection

13 Berkeley Street, London, Greater London W1J 8DU England

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