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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



The Eve of the Battle of the Somme




oil on canvas


H 83.8 x W 91.4 cm

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bottom right: H Gunn / France 1916


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The Fleming Collection

14 Buckingham Street, London, Greater London WC2N 6DF England

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