God Bless You, Tommy Atkins
Richard Catton Woodville RI 1856-1927
Oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches (92.5 x 59 cm)
Signed and dated "R. Caton Woodville / 1899," lowerleft
Caton Woodville was the son of an American military artist who settled in London in 1852. In November 1882 he was commissioned by The Fine Art Society "to proceed to Egypt and paint a picture of the Battle of Kassassin for eight hundred pounds". The painting was exhibited in Spring 1883 alongside paintings by De Neuville and Wyllie of The Battle of Telel-Kebir and The Bombardment of Alexandria. Engravings of these three paintings were among the most popular shown at The FAS.