If you can get to the National Army Museum in Chelsea before 3 March, then I heartily recommend the exhibition of First World war paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings, one of Britain’s most celebrated equine artists, who attended the Norwich Art School.
This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1918. So nothing to do with the Salonika campaign, but well worth a visit nonetheless.
Displayed together for the first time in a century, these impressionist paintings cover equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes. Some are on loan from the Canadian War Museum, whilst others are from the National Army Museum’s own collection.
As an official war artist commissioned by the Canadian War Memorials Fund, Munnings provides an insight into the men (and horses) of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Canadian Forestry Corps. Munnings’ wartime artwork was pivotal in establishing his success and securing his admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1919.
My only disappointment is that no mules are depicted so, to make up for that omission …
An Indian muleteer having trouble with his team of pack mules, Salonika, 1916. THE MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN, 1915-1918 (click on image to see full size) © IWM (Q 31671)