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Lucy Kemp-Welch – Mixed Company at a Race Meeting, oil on canvas, 1905, Lucy Kemp-Welch Memorial Trust Collection

Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story marks outbreak of the First World War
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington 1st March – 25th April

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Edwin Noble – First-Aid Treatment in Heavy Artillery Lines behind the Front, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 533 x 762mm, IWM

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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.

Lucy Kemp-Welch – Forward -  Enlist Now, poster, 1915, Bushey Museum & Art Gallery (Click image to enlarge)

Lucy Kemp-Welch – Forward – Enlist Now, poster, 1915, Bushey Museum & Art Gallery

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.

Algernon Talmage - Wounded horses returning from the front, oil on canvas, 762 x 1080mm, private collection

Algernon Talmage – Wounded horses returning from the front, oil on canvas, 762 x 1080mm, private collection

Tickets to Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story and St Barbe Museum, which is open between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, cost £4 for adults, £3 for senior citizens and students, £2 for children aged five to 15, and £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children; under fives are admitted free of charge.

For more details visit www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk or telephone 01590 676969.

Edwin Noble - A Prisoner of War, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 1072 x 1722mm, IWM (Click image to enlarge)

Edwin Noble – A Prisoner of War, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 1072 x 1722mm, IWM

Note: The title Home Lad, Home has been taken from a poem called Homeward by Cicely Fox Smith written from the view-point of a soldier at temporary ease one evening in Flanders. The sound of harnessed horses pulling gun carriages reminds him of his peace-time life in rural Hampshire and the sound of horses pulling carts of labourers back from the fields.

Edwin Noble - An Injured horse being loaded into a motor ambulance, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 759 x 835mm, IWM

Edwin Noble – An Injured horse being loaded into a motor ambulance, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 759 x 835mm, IWM

Listings Information:
Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story
Marking the First World War centenary this art exhibition will reveal how horses were taken from civilian life and prepared for the military
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire
Saturday 1st March – Friday 25th April (closed Sundays)
Adults £4, concessions £3, children 5-15 £2
Tel: 01590 676969, www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk