Military Exercise, Devonshire

Henry Lamb’s depiction of practice military exercises on Dartmoor during the Second World War. Lamb depicts the landscape covered in snow. There are groups of soldiers located throughout the picture - some stand (right), others kneel (centre) all watching as mines/bombs explode in the distance. In the left foreground four men gather round a box; one of the men reads from a sheet of paper and wears headphones. On the ground in front of them is a pair of binoculars and a tin helmet. The scene is full of action and movement and is illustrated through the use of quick and thick brush strokes.

Henry Lamb, an Australian born (1883) British painter started study of medicine whilst at Manchester University, but exchanged to the study of art. Lamb served in the First World War as a 5th Battalion medical officer of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was awarded the Military Cross for his service. After commissions for commemorative paintings during the First World War he was employed as official artist to the War Office during the Second World War. The majority of his art is known for its unusual nature, and often depicts military subjects.

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oil on board
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Military Exercise, Devonshire
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Military Exercises Devonshire 1914 Henry Lamb
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World War II (1939-1945)
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United Kingdom: England
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Military Exercise, Devonshire