Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

Survivors at Arras

1917–8

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Medium
Etching and drypoint on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Mrs E. West 1982
Reference
P11049

Display caption

This print shows the only two houses in the French town of Arras not hit by shells or bombs during the first world war. When it was illustrated in British Artists at the Front 1 1918, a brief commentary noted that 'the rest of Arras after the War will have to be built again’.

One of the greatest English war poets, Isaac Rosenberg, was killed in a battle near Arras. Like Blake he was also an artist. One of his last poems, sharing an apocalyptic vision of the kind Blake had, was called The Destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Hordes.

Gallery label, December 2004

Catalogue entry

P11049 Survivors at Arras 1917–18

Etching and drypoint 11 × 9 1/4 (280 × 232) on paper 20 3/4 × 16 1/8 (527 × 413), printed by the artist
Inscribed ‘CRW Nevinson 1918’ b.r. and ‘I’
Bequeathed by Mrs E. West 1982
Lit: Kenneth Guichard, British Etchers 1850–1940, London 1981, Appendix 4, p.79, no.13 (dated 1917)

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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