Signed and titled in pencil. From a small unspecified edition. Printed on laid ‘F. J. Head & Co.’ paper.
The image relates to a 1916 oil on canvas of the same title belonging to Museums Sheffield.
Nevinson depicts a desolate scene of the smoking, burning carcass of the Belgian city of Ypres after it was first bombed in 1914. Nevinson would have witnessed the scarred remains of the city while enlisted with the Friends’ Ambulance Unit as a driver on the Western Front. The skeleton of the once magnificent city, with its empty windows, blown off roofs and exposed inner walls is depicted from a disturbing aerial perspective, as if we were following the path of the falling shells.
Provenance: Nicholas Brown, who purchased the print while working at the Leicester Galleries. The Leicester Galleries were founded in 1901 by Nicholas Brown’s grandfather, Ernest Brown.
Collections: Harvard Art Museums; Imperial War Museum
Reference: Black 1