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Framed Lithographs
Circa 1918
By Gerald Spencer Pryse 1882 - 1956
Born at Ashton, Pryse studied in London and Paris and first won success at the Venice International Exhibition in 1907. That year he joined the Fabian Society and helped to found The Neolith - a periodical of literature and the fine arts. During the Great War Pryse produced a considerable body of lithographic work - some of it in colour under the title Autumn Campaign 1914. This was based in his time in France and Belgium at the beginning of the war when he apparently drove around in a Mercedes carrying lithographic stones in the back.
He became a war artist and towards the end of the war he was granted permission to sketch at the front and he was able to record the conditions of trench warfare in numerous water-colour drawings although many of these were lost in the German offensive of 1918. The remaining drawings were exhibited later in London and were described as having a freshness and authenticity that were not always apparent in the works of the official war artists.
He also designed a number of posters including several published by Frank Pick for the Underground Electric Railway in London as well as for the Labour Party and The British Red Cross and for the Empire Marketing Board. One of his most famous posters entitled The Only Road for an Englishman shows a regiment of British soldiers marching through a ruined town.
Pryse was commissioned in 1924 to create a series of lithographs for the British Empire Exhibition illustrating the extent and variety of life with the British Empire.
The Third Cavalry Division in Ghent 12 October 1914 was acquired by the Tate Gallery
Abridged extract courtesy of Wikipedia

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