St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington 1st March - 25th April, 2014
A new art exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington running from Saturday 1st March until Friday 25th April 2014 will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story will reveal how thousands of horses were taken from civilian life and prepared for use by the military.
Showcasing paintings by artists who recorded the work of the Remount Service, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Cavalry and Artillery, the exhibition will follow horses from domestic occupations to the Remount depots, including Romsey and Swaythling. From here they were taken to the Western Front, where they served with the cavalry, artillery and transport services.
Featured artists will include Lucy Kemp-Welch, who specialised in painting working horses and Cecil Aldin and Lionel Edwards, both best known for their paintings of horses as well as other animals. There will also be charcoal and watercolour work by official war artist Edwin Noble, a former resident of nearby Milford on Sea who served in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, as well as paintings by Lady Butler and Algernon Talmage. Modern day interpretation of the warhorse experience will include a commissioned piece by artist James Aldridge and Amy Goodman’s sculpture commemorating the work of the Romsey Remount Depot.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a special schools’ programme developed in partnership with Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre to mark the arrival of the acclaimed National Theatre production of War Horse as part of its UK tour. It is supported by Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council and Thesis Asset Management.