Chatham exhibition marks beginning of WWI commemorations

Date Posted: 12/09/2013

The Historic Dockyard Chatham brings its temporary exhibition programme to a close with a range of paintings on loan from the Imperial War Museums.

From Shore to Sea: Paintings by Sir John Lavery RA 1914-18, running from 15th September to 1st December, shows World War One from a naval perspective in a selection of rarely-seen paintings by war artist Lavery.

The works reveal the story of how two of the world’s greatest navies fought an epic battle on the North Sea and Scapa Flow in the depths of winter and depict great battleships on the Firth of Forth and the airfields, shipyards and munitions factories geared up for war.

From Shore to Sea marks the beginning of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust’s commemorations of the Great War Centenary, and is included in the normal dockyard admission ticket.

Lavery is best known as a painter of society portraits and exotic landscapes, yet he was also one of the most prolific and hard-working official war artists during World War One.

Running in conjunction with the exhibition is a lecture by Angela Weight on 22nd October, entitled ‘Sir John Lavery 1856-1941: The Intrepid War Artist’. Angela will give an insight into the world of the World War One artist.

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