Rejoicing and remembrance, Armistice Day, London, 1918

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number ART19592
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 787 mm x 1041 mm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description charcoal, watercolour on paper
Maker Lahey, Vida
Place made Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Date made 1924
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


In this superb drawing, the Queensland-born artist, Vida Lahey depicts a procession of women mourning and rejoicing at St Martin's in the Field, Trafalgar Square, London on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. The streets beyond are filled with brightly coloured flags, including the Union Jack. Birds fly around the church's pillars, which may be doves representing the peace being celebrated.