Henry Tonks (1862 - 1937) - Behind The Lines (Major General Fred Maurice, Lloyd George, Asquith and Others
Watercolour over traces of pencil
25.4 x 36.2cms (10 x 14¼ ins)
Inscribed: 'Behind the Lines' and dated 'May 12 19..'
Extensively annotated letter attached to the reverse '18 Mallord Street Chelsea, SW3, Flaxman 2303. This cartoon was drawn by Prof Henry Tonks in April or May 1918 and presented to me at the time by the artist. The principal figures from L to R are Major General Gred Maurice, Director of Military Operations, War Office, Mr Lloyd George, Prime Minister, Lord Lansdowne with the Dove of Peace, Mr Asquith, Ex Prime Minister, supported on the far side by Mr Birrell, Chief Sec. for Ireland and backed by the red-sleeved Labour Party and by Colonel a'Court Repington, Military Correspondent armed with an offensive squirt and an ink pot. Unheeded by this furious mud and ink-slinging at Westminster, an interminable convoy of wounded is returning home from France where the Allied Armies are holding the critical last great offort of the Germans. W I Furst LG Sept 1927'
Provenance: W I Furse LG 1918
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