Shepperson, Claude (1867-1921), 'Convalescence in England', Lithograph, 1917

'Convalescence in England', Lithograph, 1917

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Claude Shepperson was asked by the government to contribute six lithographs, on the theme of ‘Tending the Wounded’, to their print series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’. These prints follow the journey of a wounded soldier, from the front line in France, through treatment and finally convalescence back home in England. Over 1.6 million soldiers were wounded during the First World War and these lithographs address the vital role played in war by the doctors and nurses of the medical services.


The final lithograph of the series presents a tranquil scene of wounded soldiers recuperating in the shady grounds of an old country house. During the First World War numerous country estates across Britain were requisitioned for use as military hospitals.

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Image Size 35.4 x 45.5 cm
Paper Size 39 x 50.7 cm
Collections Tate Gallery; V & A; British Museum; Imperial War Museum; National Galleries Scotland; National Gallery of Victoria
Literature ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’, National Museum Wales, 2014, pp. 31-34

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