Gilbert Holiday
FIRING THE FIELD GUNS ON THE WESTERN FRONT
1914-1918

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Signed 'Gilbert Holiday' (lower left).

When war was declared in 1914 Gilbert Holiday travelled to France as an unoffical war artist for The Graphic. The following year, claiming he was under thirty despite being thirty-five, he managed a commission into the Royal Field Artillery as a Forward Observation Officer on the Western Front. Before long his artistic talents were recognised by Lieutenant General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, who appointed Holiday as a 'Reconnaissance Officer'. Amongst other things he was assigned with, at high risk, sketching enemy positions in 'No Man's Land'. With this in mind, often having to work quickly, it is not surprising his style developed the fluidity and spontaneity for which he is acclaimed. Holiday is noted as serving with distinction at Arras, Passchendaele and the Third Battle of Ypres. A collection of works made during this time were purchased by the Imperial War Museum in 1918 but are now sadly presumed lost.

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  • Artist
    Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937, British)
  • Creation Year
    1914-1918
  • Medium
    Pastel
  • Condition
    Good
    Dimensions
    9.72 in. H x 17.48 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Petworth, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU54632522191
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