The First Wounded in London Hospital, August, 1914. Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856–1941). 1915. Oil on canvas. 1915. 175.6 x 200.7 cm. Collection: The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum. Accesssion No. 2-1916. Lavery had joined the Artists' Rifles, but his age and health counted against him, and he was not considered fit enough to go to the front. Since he was, as Nuala Johnson puts it, "restricted to home-front duty" (161), he concentrated on conditions at home. As an official war artist, he produced some moving paintings about the war's effects; prints of this painting were used for fund-raising. Note that the nurse is attending a patient who is wearing a kilt.

Photograph, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and the McManus and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


The First Wounded in London Hospital, August, 1914. The McManus. Web. 3 November 2016.

Johnson, Nuala C. "In the Shadow of Centenaries: Irish Artists Go to War." Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict. Ed. Danielle Drozdzewski et al. London: Routledge, 2016. 146-166.

Crated 3 November 2016