Paul Nash, recipient: Margaret Nash

Letter from Paul Nash to Margaret Nash written from France while on commission to make drawings at the Front as a war artist

13 November 1917

Page 1

Created by
Paul Nash 1889–1946
Recipient
Margaret Nash 1887–1960
Date
13 November 1917
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Paul Nash, ‘Page 1’ 13 November 1917

In Tate Britain

Created by
Paul Nash 1889–1946
Recipient
Margaret Nash 1887–1960
Title
Letter from Paul Nash to Margaret Nash written from France while on commission to make drawings at the Front as a war artist
Date
13 November 1917
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Gift of Anstice Shaw, September 1983.
Reference
TGA 8313/1/1/162

Description

Written from France while on commission to make drawings at the Front as a war artist, describing his experiences and his work there. Includes account of visiting John 'Jack' [Nash] and his famous credo 'I am a messenger who will bring back word from men fighting to those who want the war to last for ever. Feeble, inarticulate will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth and may it burn their lousy souls'. He asks for news of pictures in general, especially Jack's 'Danae'; illustrated with a sketch of an officer. Includes envelope.

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