War baby 1918

Through directly related to the Second World War, Blythe’s painting reaches across chronological barriers and makes a more universal and timeless statement. The subject is a pathetic and clearly shocked British soldier on the German border. He is obviously wounded, a huge iodine soaked bandage covers a bloody wound to his left ear. He is waiting to be evacuated back home. As the title implies, this particular individual was born as the First World War drew to its end in 1918. Ironically, fresh-faced and with the open haunting eyes of innocence, he finds himself caught up in an equally horrific war. The soldier himself has become the evacuee, a fate to which countless thousands of civilians were subjected as a direct result of the Second World War.

  • Material/Medium: Oil on board
  • Date: 1945
  • Creator: Robert Henderson Blyth
  • Accession number: 1/9
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a