Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Artist Stanley Spencer and the Royal Army Medical Corps

Had forgotten that artist Stanley Spencer had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in World War One (we're still working on background for our exhibition Heart of Conflict and a number of stories we feature involve men who worked in the RAMC).  His paintings and watercolours give a vivid impression of what it was like to work as a stretcher bearer.  Here mules are bringing the wounded into a dressing station in Macedonia.  Something about the limpness of the bodies on the stretchers is chilling.

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