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The Trenches of World War I – Etchings By Percy Delf Smith

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Percy Delf Smith (1882 – 1948)  a talented artist and calligrapher, studied and taught lettering at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, then Putney and Blackheath Art Colleges.   

His war service from 1916 to 1919 with the Royal Marine Artillery took him to the Western Front in France and Belgium.  During his service he received copperplates concealed in the pages of magazines and used them to make etchings from his sketches.

The artist’s wife, Dr Ellen Delf Smith, made sure that key works by her husband  were despatched to a number of museums and archives so that they might be preserved for posterity – one of these was the Beecroft Art Gallery who received, along with other works, the three sets of World War I etchings .

After the War, Smith appears to have continued to create figurative scenes as well as produce publications on printed calligraphy. He has many works in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum, though his Dance of Death series remains his best-known work. 


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The Trenches of World War I – Etchings By Percy Delf Smith

Sat 13 December 2014

10:00AM

Ends: Sat 11 April 5:00PM

Beecroft Art Gallery

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6EX

01702 212511

Free

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