A WWI GROUP
To Commemorate the Battle of the Somme
On July 1st the Commemoration of WWI entered only its twenty-fifth calendar month. At that point there were still a startling twenty-eight to go. We hope this group, in its small and diverse way, helps to continue the focus on what was going on.
1. LANDER John St Helier (1868-1944) ‘Midshipman Porter’; Cole Theodore Porter (b.1901). Oil/board. 1917. Signed. 29x35 inches. £8750 CLICK HERE for more information on the sitter.
2. BAIRNSFATHER Bruce (1887-1959) ‘Never Again! In future I snipe from the ground’. Pen, brush ink and gouache. Signed. Inscribed verso with artist’s address ‘Parkhurst, Isle of Wight’. Ill: The Bystander’s Fragments from France, 1916, p.43. 13.75x9.75 inches. Framed: 21x16 inches. £4750.
3. ANON. British. Circa 1916. A Tommy. Pencil, brush, watercolour and gouache. Exhibited: New Grafton Gallery (as Muirhead Bone). 15.5x12.5 inches. Framed: 22.5x19 inches.
4. FLETCHER Hanslip (1874-1955) WWI RAF Salvage Sector, Southampton. Pencil and watercolour. Signed and dated, 1918. Indistinctly inscribed ‘No.1 Salvage Section RA Southampton / Tan … (?Disman)tling Shop’. Provenance: Professor Albert Richardson P.R.A. and by descent. Repaired. 22.5x17.25 inches. Framed: 30x24.75 inches.
5. CAMERON Sir David Young R.A. R.W.S. (1865-1945) ‘Bailleul’, after the shelling in July 1917. Charcoal and watercolour. Signed and inscribed. Exhibited: Beaux Arts Gallery. 7.5x14.5 inches. Framed: 15.5x21.75 inches.
6. FARRELL Frederick Arthur (1882-1935) ‘Ypres’. Drypoint. Signed and inscribed ‘On War Offices ‘White Pass / and with Highland Light Infantry Battn. 1917’ Dated in the [alte ‘26th Dec.1917’. Farrell was a appointed an Official War Artist to the City of Glasgow. 5.75x7.5 inches. £275.
7. FOUQUERAY Dominique Charles (18?69-1956) ‘Nieuport’: where the trenches reached the channel. Charcoal and watercolour. Signed, inscribed and dated, 1915. 11x15.75 inches. Framed: 18x23 inches. £1750.
8. HEIM Albert (1890-1960) ‘Schloss Thiepval’, the Somme. Ink and watercolour. Signed and inscribed. Painted during 1915. 9x13 inches. Framed:17x20 inches. £3250. Heim was an NCO in the Wurttemberger 51 Reserve Infantry Brigade commanded by Lieutenant-General Theodor von Wundt (1858-1929) on the Somme between 29th September 1914 and 1st October 1916. Having been von Wundt’s Quarters, the Chateau was progressively destroyed by shellfire (Cf. No.24). It stood on what is now the site of the Visitor Centre car park.
9. HEIM Albert (1890-1960) ‘Bedroom in Little Miraumont’, Quarters of Lieutenant General von Wundt, Wurttemberger 51 Reserve Infantry Brigade on the Somme 29.9.14-1.10.16. Ink, watercolour and gouache. Inscribed: ‘Zimmer in Klein Miraumont’ (‘Bedroom in Little Miraumont’). 9x13.5 inches. Framed: 17.5x21.25 inches. £650.
10. JOHN Augustus O.M. R.A. (1878-1961) A Canadian Soldier. Pencil. Exhibited: Agnews (No.42586) During WWI John was attached to the Canadian forces as a War Artist. 13.5x9 inches. Framed: 22.25x17 inches.
11. JENNIS Gurnell Charles A.R.E. (1874-1943) Waitress (to Tommy home from the Somme) ‘Has your friend been wounded?’. Tommy ‘No Miss, he cut ‘isself shaving this morning’. Pen and ink, probably for Punch. Signed and dated 1916. Inscribed by the artist verso. 9.5x13 inches.
12. LANTOINE Fernand (1876-c.1958) An Austro-Hungarian soldier, possibly a Tiroler Jaeger. Pencil and watercolour. Circa 1915. Signed. 15x7.5 inches. Framed: 22x14.5 inches. £575.
13. McBEY James (1883-1959) ‘Gunfire, Mount of Olives’, statue of the Virgin and Child on the roof of the French Hospice in Jerusalem. Drypoint. 1917. Signed and editioned ‘xxiv’ from the first (1921) edition of 54. 8x6 inches. £575.
14. MAZE Paul (1887-1979) Troop movement, Albert, the Somme. Charcoal. Signed and dated, 1917. 22.5x15 inches.
15. ‘MAC’ ( fl.1918 ) Spare the Rod and … (Kaiser, just about to receive a thrashing) ‘Might I suggest that we settle our differences by an informal non-binding Conference’. Pen and ink. Signed, inscribed, and dated 1918. 14x10.5 inches. £275.
16. PARTRIDGE Bernard Sir John (1861-1945) ‘The Shrine of Honour’: ‘Who goes there?’ ‘ I have no name. I died for my country’. ‘Pass, Unknown Warrior’. Pen and ink. Signed. For Punch. 14x10 inches. VERSO: ‘Made in Germany / Civilization: ‘What’s that supposed to represent?’ Imperial Artist: ‘Why, ‘Peace’ of course’. Civilization: ‘Well I don’t recognize it – and I never shall’. Pen and ink. Signed and inscribed. For Punch. 14x10 inches.
17. McCARTHY R.C. (fl.1918) WWI Dogfight. Watercolour. Signed and dated, 1918. 12x15.5 inches.
18. OCHS J. (Early 20th Century) Lloyd George still playing ‘les lieus et les souvenirs serieux’ of WWI in 1922. Pen, brush, ink and watercolour. Signed, inscribed and dated, 1922. 11.75x10.5 inches. £275.
19. REID Stuart (1883-1971) 2nd Lieutenant Gilbert Stuart Insall V.C. M.C. (1894-1972) attacking a German Aviatik near Achiet, France, 7th November 1915. Action for which he was awarded the V.C. Oil/canvas. Signed. 16 x 20 inches. Provenance: Insall Family to the previous owner. £7500.
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20. RAEMAKERS Louis (1869-1956) ‘The Real Thing’ – ‘How often in the midst of a charge in peace I have caught the yearning cry of a comrade ‘Donnerwetter! If only it were the real thing’: The German Crown Prince. Chalk and watercolour. Exhibited: Louis Raemaekers War Cartoons, the Fine Art Society, December-January 1915. Accompanied by illustrated catalogue page and label. 13x10.25 inches. £600.
21. WRIGHT Henry Charles Seppings (1850-1937) ‘Galicia…Russian Troops in snow clad hills’. Ink and gouache painted en grisaille. Signed and extensively inscribed. Original label dated, March 13th 1916. 11x15.75 inches.
22. SMITH Percy Delf (1882-1948) ‘The Diggers’ Etching. Signed and inscribed. 6.25x8.5 inches. £875.
23. SMITH Percy Delf (1882-1948) ‘The 15 inch Howitzer’. Etching. 1916. Signed. Inscribed by the artist ‘Etching of 15 inch Howitzer, 30 proofs of which this is No.14’. 8x9.75 inches. £1100.
24. SMITH Percy Delf (1882-1948) ‘Thiepval Chateau, January 1917’ (Cf. No.8). Etching. Signed, inscribed and dated. 6.25x7.5 inches. £1750.
Liverpool Weekly Courier Cartoon Competition
Entries by Serving Soldiers 1914-1918
25. ‘CAPSTICK J Sapper. No.252051. Regiment: 230th A. T. Coy. R.E. B.E.F.’ ‘Somme Slackers (most ‘Arras’ in fellows / ‘Ere you two, double along with that stuff. D’you think you got nothing else to do but ‘ang about and enjoy yerselves while the others works?...’. Pen, brush and ink. Signed, inscribed and dated, 1917. Letter verso. Competition label dated, October 13th 1917. £225.
27. PETHERICK James A ‘Strafe England’. Ink and watercolour. Signed, inscribed and indistinctly dated ‘18’, or ‘15’. 10x7 inches. £225.
28. ‘FRYER E(dgar). RFN. No: 240856. Regiment: 2/6th K.L.R’. ‘Some Shell!. Visitor: Not a 22 Shell, surely. Pte Spinum: ‘Well Miss, No! Not exac’ly a 22 inch shell; but, you see, just an 11 inches 0ne came and bust, then immejutly another 11 inch bust in the same place. Well, that’s as good as a 22 inch Shell, anyday!’. Pen, brush and ink. Signed. Letter from St Margaret’s Camp, Heaton Park, Manchester address verso. Competition label dated October 13th 1917 verso. 5x8 inches. £225.
29. ‘FRYER E(dgar). RFN. No: 240856. Regiment: 2/6 K.L.R. B.E.F. France.’ ‘Retaliation / Dan of Damage Dug-Out: ‘Gott strafe England!!!’. Pen and ink. Inscribed and signed. Competition label dated July 7th 1917 verso. 4.5x7 inches. £175.
30. ‘FRYER E(dgar) RFN No.240856. Regiment: 2.6 K.L.R.’ ‘Un Appy Xmas: Two pals of ours, across the way / Sat down to a spread 0n Christmas Day / But Mike (an unexpected Guest) Called round – so you can guess the rest!’. Pen and ink. Signed. Letter requesting any prize to be sent to the artist’s home address. Competition label dated November 17th 1917 verso. 5x8 inches. £225.
31. ‘GRIFFITHS J. Pte. No: 307558. A Com. Regiment: 2/8 Irish K.L.R. B.E.F. France’. ‘Express Villas (Runners 0nly): A Warm Corner in France’. Pen, brush and ink. Inscribed, signed and dated, 1917. Inscribed verso, and ‘Dear Sir / Should my attempt be awarded a prize I should prefer the ‘Smokes’ which have been decided 0n as prizes with the ‘Couriers’. Competition label dated October 20th 1917 verso. 4.5x7 inches. £225.
32. ‘GRIFFITHS J Pte. No: 307558. A Com. Regiment: 2/8 Irish K.L.R. B.E.F. France’. ‘An they told us the War would be over by Christmas, an’ere we are carryin puddens for Fritz instead of carryin’our own at ‘ome’. Pen, brush and ink. Inscribed, signed and dated 1917. Letter attached verso ‘Sir / Seeing I have won a prize with my last sketch I am sending another. If I should win I would prefer Cigs’. Competition label dated November 24th 1917 verso. 5x7 inches.
33. ‘HOGG L. No. 125th C.P. H.B. Regiment: R.G.A. B.E.F. France’. ‘In sight of Fritz’s balloon / Hi Mate, where’s the OCS / (Voice underneath Camaflarge (sic)) Hush. I’m disguised as a mossy bank’. Pen, brush and ink. Inscribed. Competition label dated July 14th 1917. 5x7 inches.
34. OWEN Will ‘Bock Special’; Soldier at a French Bar. Pen and ink. Signed and dated, 1918. 4.75x7 inches.
35. LAX J. Pte No.54653, Machine Gun Corps’. ‘No dinner, no nothing, I do wish the war was over’. Pencil, pen and ink. Signed and dated, 1917. Letter to the editor verso stating that Lax drew this while 'in France in hospital’. 7x5 inches.
36. ‘MILLER H. Lance Corporal. No: 374712. 8th C.L.R. Regiment: C. Coy Alma Brks / Blackdown ‘Farnborough’. Father Christmas ‘1913’ (and) ‘1917’. Pen and ink. Inscribed and (indistinctly signed). Competition label dated November 24th 1917 verso. 3.25x5.75 inches.
37. ‘PRESTON Reg. G. Cpl. 8th (Irish) Bn. The Kings (Liverpool Regiment)’. ‘Reported Missing’. Pen and ink. Signed. Letter verso requesting his prize be sent to his brother, with address. 5x6.5 inches. £225.
38. ‘ROBERTS Howard L Cpl. 15th R.N.F’. ‘An impression, when I dropped the rum’. Pen and ink. Signed and dated, 1917. 6x7 inches.
39. WARBRICK Albert Sapper. R.E. No: 426200. Regiment W.J. Signal Section, 4th Corps B.E.F. France’. ‘Instructor: Now then Binks, where are yer going to’. Rookie: Looks like as if I was a going ter ‘ospital, in a minit’. Pen and ink. Signed, inscribed and dated 22.9.17. Letter verso dated 23.9.17 guaranteeing the scene as witnessed. Competition label dated September 15th 1917 verso’. 5.75x8.75 inches.
Percy Delf Smith (1882-1948)
The Dance of Death
The complete 1919 Set of seven etchings in their original presentation portfolio.
The frontispiece ink signed and numbered ‘Set No.41 of 100’.
The Complete Set: £18,000
Following the exhibition by the Imperial War Museum of their Set, we have been lucky enough to acquire this, the second complete set we have had in two years.
Portfolio Linen bound, original ribbon ties. The calligraphy title and decorated label in pen by the artist. 490x400mms.
Frontispiece The calligraphy title, contents and decoration in ink, by the artist. Further signed and numbered 'Set No.41 of 100' in ink by the artist. 470x395mms.
Death Forbids Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Titled in pencil by the artist in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Death Refuses Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Pencil signed and titled by the artist, in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Death Marches Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Pencil signed and titled by the artist, in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Death Waits Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Pencil signed and titled by the artist, in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Death Awed Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Pencil signed and titled by the artist, in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Death Ponders Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Pencil signed and titled by the artist, in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Death Intoxicated Signed and dated 1919 in the plate. Pencil signed and titled by the artist, in the margin. Plate size: 200x250mms.
Literature and Links
Campbell Dodgson, ‘Mr Percy Smith’s “Dance of Death”‘,
The Print Collector’s Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3 (October 1921). pp.323-326.
‘A Modern “Dance of Death”‘, International Studio [New York], LXXV, 1922, pp.38-42.
‘At The Imperial War Museum (3)’ How the Light gets In (Blog), November 20th 2014
The Percy Smith Foundation Website