Art exhibition reveals real war horse story

Date Posted: 04/01/2014

Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story, an art exhibition running from 1st March until 25th April at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington, Hampshire, will reveal how thousands of horses were taken from civilian life and prepared for use by the military during World War One.

Showcasing paintings by artists who recorded the work of the Remount Service, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Cavalry and Artillery; the exhibition will follow horses from domestic occupations to the Remount depots, including Romsey and Swaythling.

The horses were subsequently taken to the Western Front, where they served with the cavalry, artillery and transport services.

Featured artists will include Lucy Kemp-Welch, who specialised in painting working horses and Cecil Aldin and Lionel Edwards, both best known for their paintings of horses as well as other animals.

War Horse schools’ programme

The exhibition will be accompanied by a special schools’ programme developed in partnership with Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre to mark the arrival of the acclaimed National Theatre production of War Horse as part of its UK tour. 

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Pictured: First-Aid Treatment in Heavy Artillery Lines behind the Front by Edwin Noble (IWM).


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