Collection SC325 - World War I sketchbook collection

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World War I sketchbook collection

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  • 1917 - 1918 (Creation)

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2 v.

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The artillery cap badge illustrated on the dedication page indicates the artist "J.M." was with the Royal Regiment of Artillery during WWI. The watercolour on page 61 bears a blue stamp "Vise par L'Autorite Militaire Britannique, British Army ". The watercolour on page 44 titled "The little grey Home in the Wet" shows the artist's field accommodations, instruments and equipment, which suggests he was an officer; perhaps a military cartographer. The sketchbooks dedication reads: "To my Daughter Adele: These Sketches are not artistic productions nor are they to be regarded as such. If there is any interest to be attached to them it may be because they are not only drawn in France and in Belgium, but most of them in the forward areas. Gruesome incidents I have omitted, as such are better executed by real artists at the real Base. J.M. 1917-1918."

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The collection consists of 123 pen-and-ink drawings and watercolours titled: Sketches of the War : France/Belgium in 2 volumes and is dedicated in a pasted in letter: "To my Daughter Adele." The sketches vary from satirical cartoons to more detailed and naturalistic renditions. They are often accompanied by an ironic title and are often signed with the artist's initials, "J.M." The artist's satirical targets include the officers and high command of both combatant sides; the disjuncture between reported and actual events, and the death of civilians as a fact of modern warfare.

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See also JM's World War One Sketchbooks available through UVic Libraries Digital Collections:

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Revised by JF, August 9, 2013.

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  • English

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