Bombardment: illustrating the poem 'Bombardment, in a book of poems by Richard Aldington

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART20002.008
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: : 18.8 x 12.4 cm; image: 5 cm x 7.6 cm
Object type Print
Physical description hand-coloured woodcut on paper; edition: 37/200
Maker Nash, Paul
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Hand-coloured woodcut illustrating the poem 'Bombardment', the eighth illustration in a book of poems by British poet and novelist Richard Aldington (1892-1926), published by Beaumont Press, London, 1919. This illustration is on p. 30. The image is an abstract depiction of aircraft bombardment over cities. The poem reads: 'Four days the earth was rent and torn/ By bursting steel,/ The houses fell about us;/ Three nights we dared not sleep,/ Sweating, and listening for the imminent crash/ Which meant our death./ The fourth night every man,/ Nerve-tortured, racked to exhaustion,/ Slept, muttering and twitching,/ While the shells crashed overhead./ The fifth day there came a hush;/ We left our holes/ And looked above the wreckage of the earth/ To where the white clouds moved in silent lines/ Across the untroubled blue.'
The work is taken from one of a series of black-and-white sketches that Nash inscribed with colour notes. These sketches are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. There are copies of this book without the hand-colouring at the Minories, Colchester and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 'Images of war' was Aldington's second volume of poetry.