Our 'Little Contemptibles', 1914

William Barns Wollen

Our 'Little Contemptibles', 1914
2 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 17cm

Our “Little Contemptibles”, 1914.

Oil on canvas by William Barns Wollen (1857-1936), 1918 (c).

Composed of regular soldiers and reservists, the British Expeditionary Force landed on the Continent in August in 1914. During the early months of World War One (1914-1918) it was engaged in slowing down the German advance. This painting depicts open warfare with British infantry wearing large packs, taking cover behind a hedge; German artillery in the distance.

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