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'Over the Top' 1st Artists' Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, 1918 (oil on canvas)

IMAGE number
IWM30174
Title
'Over the Top' 1st Artists' Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, 1918 (oil on canvas)
Artist
Nash, John Northcote (1893-1977) / English
Location
Imperial War Museum, London, UK
Medium
oil on canvas
Date
1918 AD (C20th AD)
Dimensions
80x108 cms
Description

‘Over the Top’ is one of very few officially commissioned works depicting a specific and clearly identifiable action. The painting commemorates the 1st Artists’ Rifles involvement in an attack on the morning of 30th December, 1917, at Welsh Ridge, near Marcoing (south west of Cambrai in north east France). The unit was recalled from ‘rest’ in response to a German attack and hastily committed to action. The consequences were disastrous and the Artists’ Rifles suffered heavy casualties; Ministry of Information Commission, Scheme 2

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© Imperial War Museums / © Estate of John Northcote Nash. All rights reserved 2022 / Bridgeman Images
Additional Credit Information
© IWM (Art.IWM ART 1656)
Keywords
First World War (1914-1918) / war / trench / great / dead / war artist / winter / world / bayonet / rifle / british / snow / soldiers / first / war / english / passchendaele / Painting / Mzpainting

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