FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS


THE GREAT WAR

BRITAIN’S
EFFORTS AND IDEALS

A selling exhibition of First World War prints in collaboration with
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS

Bone, Brangwyn, Clausen, Dulac, Greiffenhagen, Hartrick, Jackson, John, Kennington, Moira, Nevinson, Nicholson, Pears, Ricketts, Rothenstein, Shannon, Shepperson, Sullivan.

16th May – 6th July 2024
at 30 Museum Street, London

A fully illustrated catalogue with essays on these remarkable prints will be available on request. The exhibition will be accompanied by Talks and Events.

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It has been more than 100 years since a commercial gallery has exhibited and offered for sale the remarkable set of prints called The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals. So, it is a great privilege to have the opportunity to do so now. The prints, commissioned in 1917 from eighteen artists, are made up of two Series; nine Sets of six prints depicting Britain’s ‘Efforts’ in the Great War, and twelve prints depicting its ‘Ideals’. As such this was one of the largest and most ambitious British print projects of the early twentieth century; a feat of technical skill and artistic vision, as well as war-time logistics and propaganda.

Today, ‘provenance’ is something of a buzz-word, its significance often over emphasised. But, I cannot remember having handled works with such exciting provenance as these prints. Commissioned by the British Government, impressions were first offered for sale through the Fine Art Society in 1917. When the Ministry of Information was shut down in 1918 the prints were transferred to the newly created Imperial War Museum. They continued to be available to purchase via the Grosvenor Galleries until 1923, when the decision was made to withdraw the works from sale and store them; first at His Majesty’s Stationery Office, before being returned to the Imperial War Museum, where they have remained un-accessioned and awaiting future sale ever since.

There is a common comparison made between private companies and public institutions; that one is small but naturally nimble, the other large but burdened by bureaucracy. This has not been my experience working with IWM. I would like to thank Claire Brenard, Rhodri Cole, Jenni Fewery, Reasey Kheng and all their colleagues, who have worked on this project with great professionalism and decisiveness while retaining all the integrity expected of a National Museum.

Every print sold will generate proceeds that will go directly into IWM’s restricted fund for the development of its art collection through commissions and purchases.

We all hope you will visit, and enjoy seeing the exhibition!

Tom Edwards (Managing Director, Abbott and Holder)

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