Immortal shrine

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number ART14196
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 167.6 x 299.8 cm; unframed: 137.5 x 270 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Longstaff, Will
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1928
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Longstaff's 'Immortal shrine', also known as 'Eternal silence', depicts endless columns of ghostly soldiers marching past the Cenotaph on a rainy Remembrance Day in 1928. The Cenotaph itself has a surreal presence, gauntly white in front of the sombre blue-back buildings that dissolve into the background. Like its well-known predecessor 'Menin Gate at midnight', this painting has undeniable power and is just as hypnotic and evocative.