Mystery First World War paintings go on display in Letchworth

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth.

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

Paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have been put on display in Letchworth in the hope to uncover some of the mysteries behind them.

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth.

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

Herts at War, a county-wide project launched this year to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict, has been loaned 27 oil paintings now being showcased at its exhibition in Letchworth town centre.

The artwork was created between 1981 and 1984 by a man named Ray, but there is limited information both about the scenes they depict and the artist behind them.

Project co-ordinator Dan Hill said: “Each painting is intriguing as both a work of art and a snapshot of wartime history.

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth.

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

“The paintings express raw conflict on the battlefield and some show the roles of women in the First World War treating the wounded from battle. Although the majority of the scenes depict conflict, there is also an element of satire to the works.


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“Herts at War would like to know more about the 27 oil paintings and appeal to the public to come forward with any information they might have.”

Ryan Papworth, a student at The Priory School in Hitchin who is completing a media placement with Herts at War, added: “The paintings are on full display at the exhibition where the public can view them and inform us about the story behind them. Each individual painting has a story to tell from the First World War and convey vivid and well known scenes from the conflict.”

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth.

Oil paintings depicting scenes from the First World War have gone on display in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

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The exhibition – based in The Arcade – is open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Saturday, and also by appointment on Wednesdays.

For more visit www.hertsatwar.co.uk.

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