Foreign Artists and the War
In 1915, the gallery put on the exhibition French Artists and the War (218), in which most of the art was made by artists serving in the war and much of it was sent by men fighting in the trenches. The Ministry of Information supported artists in the forces and officially helped the Leicester Galleries exhibit their work, helping with transportation of pictures by Belgian and Italian artists. The Library’s copy of the catalogue of Italian Artists and the War (231) contains a newspaper cutting titled: “Italian War Pictures: Grim Feeling and Terrible Wit”. This suggests that “Anyone wishing to avoid excitement had better avoid the exhibition now on view at the Leicester Galleries”. This large exhibition, filling three of the gallery’s four rooms, included an image of the Murder of Miss Cavell.