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Robert Henderson Blyth, 1919 - 1970. (Self-portrait as soldier in trenches). Sub-titled 'Existence Precarious' 1946

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
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.


  • Acc. No. PG 2851
  • Medium Oil on hardboard panel
  • Size 65.40 x 80.30 cm (framed: 82.30 x 97.50 x 4.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with money from the Knapping Fund 1991