British Forces in World War One Italy Shown at Refurbished Estorick

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On special loan from the Imperial War Museum, the exhibition includes some 50 images by war photographers W.J. Brunell and Ernest Brooks.
Ernest Brooks (1878-1941), an official photographer on the Western Front, is best known for his images of British forces on the Somme and at Passchendaele.
The less well-known photographs he took during his official assignment to Italy in 1917-1918, have not been exhibited since 1919, and portray the plight of front-line combat troops and dispossessed Italian civilians scratching a living behind the Anglo-Italian lines.

An Italian Female Worker Employed by the British Army, Lying on 18 Pounder Shells, November 1918
An Young Italian Woman Employed by the British Army in Italy,
November 1918 © William Joseph Brunell, courtesy Imperial War Museum
The photographs taken by William Joseph Brunell (1878-?) reveal an instinctive feel for the views of northern Italy’s mountainous terrain and of ruins dotting the bleak front line along the River Piave north of Venice.
He also produced images of many of the young Italian women employed by the British Army Service Corps, unloading railway wagons of supplies, washing British Army uniforms and preparing meals.
War in the Sunshine is curated by Dr Jonathan Black, an expert in British Art and the First World War and a Senior Research Fellow in History of Art, Kingston University, London.
War in the Sunshine runs from 13 January until 19 March 2017. More information is available here.

Tom Seymour

Tom Seymour is an Associate Editor at The Art Newspaper and an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication. His words have been published in The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, Financial Times, Wallpaper* and The Telegraph. He has won Writer of the Year and Specialist Writer of the year on three separate occassions at the PPA Awards for his work with The Royal Photographic Society.