How many nations fought on the allied side in the Great War? You may be surprised. Our new exhibition will introduce you to many of them through a remarkable series of portraits.
Dr. Doug Jenkinson brings a stunning collection of prints from the original Eugéne Burnand collection currently housed in Musée de la Légion d’honneur in Paris to wider audience.
Researching Burnand’s life, Dr. Jenkinson discovered that he lived in Paris during and after World War 1. An accomplished portraitist, he came up with the idea of making portraits of the many nationalities involved.
He sought out ‘representative types’ of all nationalities, got to know them, gained their confidence, and captured their characters. Using pastels, and working ‘knee to knee’ Burnand’s pictures bring us face to face with people caught up in a horrific war.
Looking out at us, frozen in time, their expressions, solemn, proud, frightened, resigned and exhausted speak to us across the years.
49 allied nations were involved in World War 1 and Burnand portrayed over 40 of them.
The Faces of World War 1 exhibition takes pace between 21st September 2017 and 25th November 2017 at Grantham Museum.