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A Worm's Eye View

A Worm's Eye View

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  • Thu 21 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 20 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm


Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Cnr Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


National Library

A Worm’s Eye View’
Soldiers’ Art in WWI

29 February – 20 May 2016

The events of the First World War were well documented, not least by those who experienced first-hand the reality of the battlefields. Official photographers such as Henry Armytage Sanders and war artists such as Nugent Welch were employed to capture a particular view of war that could be shown to an audience without compromising public sensitivities. Cameras were forbidden on the field, but many soldiers evidently flouted this rule. Others used whatever materials they had to hand – often pencils and diaries or scraps of note-paper – to draw what they saw or record their experiences in writing, in an attempt to convey what was really happening.

The expression ‘a worm’s eye view’ is taken from a collection of pencil sketches by Private William Francis Weatherall, displayed in this exhibition. His sketches, like the other works here, are common soldiers’ perspectives of war shown through their own candid portrayals, wrought with grit and humour.

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