Shepperson, Claude (1867-1921), 'In Hospital, England', Lithograph, 1917

'In Hospital, England', Lithograph, 1917

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Blind-stamped with the insignia of the Stationery Office.

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 fifth lithograph shows a makeshift hospital in England. Two orderlies carry a soldier into a crowded ward of wounded men, lying back to back on iron beds, being tended to by hospital staff. A statue of a nurse, perhaps Florence Nightingale, surveys the bustling scene.

Image Size 35 x 46 cm
Paper Size 39.5 x 50.8 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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