Posted 2 years ago
This is the second in a matched pair of WWI prints on silk. It is entitled "The Rt. Honourable Earl Kitchener, PCKP Secretary of State for War 1914". Like the other in this pair, the most remarkable thing about the prints is the vivid colour and the crisp and clear details on the image, including in this image piercing blue eyes, even after 100 years. Housed in a matching (see my other posting for the other in this pair) wood and gesso Edwardian frame, this print features the British Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, whose face became the iconic image on the recruitment posters for WWI.
I have posted these two images because today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in WWI, the first battle where the Canadian army fought as a unit and not dispersed inside the British Expeditionary Forces. Canadians became known in this battle for their bravery and their success as a cohesive fighting unit. They successfully took Vimy Ridge at great cost of life. Vimy Ridge was a turning point in WWI.