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ArtistChristopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946)
TitleBattlefields of Britain
Date 1942
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenancePresented by the artist to Winston Churchill as a gift for the Nation in October 1942
Dimensionsheight: 122.00 cm, width: 184.00 cm
Inscriptionbr: C R W NEVINSON
AcquisitionPresented by the artist, October 1942
LocationHM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road (London, UK)
GAC number0/5
 
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Born in London, Christopher R. W. Nevinson studied at St John's Wood and Slade Schools of Art. In 1912 he studied in Paris for a year. In 1914 he co-founded the London Group and issued a Futurist manifesto, ‘Vital English Art’ with Filippo Marinetti. In the First World War Nevinson served abroad with the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1915 he participated in exhibitions of war art and Vorticism in London. His solo show at the Leicester Galleries (1916) received great acclaim. Nevinson became an Official War Artist in 1917. In the late 1930s, he was created Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur and an Associate of the Royal Academy. Suffering deep depression after the Second World War, he died in London in 1946.