Robert Henderson Blyth

Robert Henderson Blyth, 1919 - 1970. (Self-portrait as soldier in trenches). Sub-titled 'Existence Precarious'

About this artwork

The artist Robert Henderson Blyth joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1941 and served in Europe throughout the Second World War. He carried a lamp in his pack, which, when fitted with a special bulb, allowed him to paint during the hours of darkness. This picture was painted at the end of the war and shows a soldier, who appears to be the artist himself, having a quiet smoke. Behind him, a colleague is either asleep or dead. Far from being a celebration of victory, this is an image of a world devastated by war.

  • title:
    Robert Henderson Blyth, 1919 - 1970. (Self-portrait as soldier in trenches). Sub-titled 'Existence Precarious'
  • accession number:
    PG 2851
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  • materials:
    Oil on hardboard panel
  • date created:
    1946
  • measurements:
    65.40 x 80.30 cm (framed: 82.40 x 97.50 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with money from the Knapping Fund 1991
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Robert Henderson Blyth
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Robert Henderson Blyth

Robert Henderson Blyth