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This is a study for the larger canvas 'Forward the Guns', which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1917 and purchased by the Chantrey Bequest for the Tate Gallery that year. During the First World War (1914–1918), a Royal Field Artillery Brigade (RFA), under the command of Colonel Edward George Cheke (1868–1923), was stationed at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. It was here that the many new drafts of soldiers were given intensive training before they were sent to the front.
oil on canvas
H 40 x W 64.8 cm
gift from Mrs V. Cheke, 1984