|Cap badge of the Artists Rifles|
What I didn't realise was how many of the Pre-Raphaelite and associated Victorian artists were involved in the venture. Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, John Everett Millias, William Holman Hunt, Ford Madox Brown, together with G F Watts and Lord Leighton were all members. Lord Leighton became CO of the corp after the original commander stepped down, possibly good training for being in charge of the Royal Academy. The exhibition fills a marvellous room with their art, together with a set of portraits of the gentlemen involved.
|Oscar Gustav Rejlander double self-portrait|
as artist and in Artists Rifle uniform
|Over the Top (1918) John Nash|
|The Artists Rifles memorial at the Royal Academy|
|Pauline Waiting (1939) Herbert James Gunn|
It's a beautiful exhibition with a really moving story to tell so if you are able to come to the South, I thoroughly encourage you to do so.