Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day 2010 - Brushes and Bayonets : Cartoons, Sketches and Paintings of World War I

With her book 'Brushes and Bayonets' (Osprey UK, 2008) Lucinda Gosling pays tribute to the magnificent artists, cartoonists and painters who illustrated the Great War. The pictures were originally published in The Illustrated London News.

I bought this book in preparation of a WW1 cartoon exhibition in the ECC and it's a reference work, just as is Mark Bryant's WWI in Cartoons.

The book has its own website with reviews, links and even pictures of the book launch in the Cartoon Museum in London. To me this is a very good idea to present a book and  it makes the effort for me to present it to you far more easy.

This is what we read on the back of the book:

"It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but, during World War I, newspaper illustrations were worth even more, not only conveying the news to anxious families at home and soldiers in battle, but also entertaining and lifting the spirits of a nation at war.

Featuring work by some of the most well-known illustrators of the period fromW. Heath Robinson to Bruce Bairnsfather, this thematic collection of 250 WorldWar I magazine illustrations is published in association with The Illustrated London News (the British Harper's).

The illustrations included range from light-hearted strip cartoons and line drawings, to poignant sketches and dark and hard-hitting political satire. The images not only depict events as they happened, but reveal all the moods of a nation at war. Many are published here for the first time in 90 years, creating a unique, bittersweet portrayal of the Great War and a fascinating and very human, historical and artistic reference source."

Read more:
Brushes and Bayonets website
Armistice Day Passchendaele article
WWI in Cartoons by Mark Bryant

Bruce Bairnsfather
Louis Raemaekers

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