What to see and read this week: War art

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is at Mor­ley Gallery, Mor­ley Col­lege, 61, West­min­ster Bridge Road, Lon­don SE1, un­til Novem­ber 23 (020–7450 1826; www.mor­l­ey­col­lege.ac.uk/gallery) Mark­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of the OUP books of the same ti­tle, this show is or­gan­ised around the themes of the orig­i­nal wartime se­ries—war At Sea, Blitz, R.A.F., Army, Women, Pro­duc­tion, Sol­diers and Air Raids. An ac­com­pa­ny­ing book in­cludes an es­say on the War Artists’ Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (WAAC) by Dr Brian Foss and an il­lus­trated cat­a­logue of the 150 pic­tures by 70 artists in the ex­hi­bi­tion (right). For de­tails of as­so­ci­ated lec­tures and study days, visit www.liss­fin­eart.com

Women at War is at The Gallery, 54, Shep­herd Mar­ket, Lon­don W1, from Novem­ber 14 to 20 (07919 356150; www.simfin­eart.com) Sim Fine Art’s sev­enth An­nual War Art Ex­hi­bi­tion and ac­com­pa­ny­ing new cat­a­logue fea­tures newly dis­cov­ered works by es­tab­lished and lesser-known women artists. A fo­cal point is the re­dis­cov­ered archive of draw­ings by Phyl­lis Pearsall. These charm­ing works by the cre­ator of the Lon­don A–Z were com­mis­sioned by Gra­ham Greene as a sur­vey of women’s ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Reel to Reel: A Cen­tury of War Movies is at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Lam­beth Road, Lon­don SE1, un­til Jan­uary 8, 2017 (020–7416 5000; www.iwm.org.uk) Through clips from ma­jor films, cos­tumes, props, scripts, sketches and de­signs along­side orig­i­nal archival ma­te­rial and arte­facts from the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions, this ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores how film-mak­ers have found in­spi­ra­tion from the per­sonal sto­ries and grip­ping real events of wars over the past cen­tury.

From Nor­folk to Nor­mandy: The wartime art of Cap­tain Ju­lian Cory-wright RA by Alan Mar­shall and Juliet Web­ster (Mas­cot Me­dia, £25) tells the life of the tal­ented Royal Ar­tillery of­fi­cer, who was killed in Nor­mandy in 1944, aged 27. His wa­ter­colours, sketches and linocuts de­pict­ing the life and land­scapes of wartime Bri­tain are re­pro­duced along with ex­cerpts from let­ters and other writ­ings.

Eve­lyn Dun­bar: A Life in Paint­ing by Christo­pher Camp­bell-howes (Ro­marin, £25) is a part mem­oir, part bi­og­ra­phy and part cat­a­logue raisonné of the war artist Eve­lyn Dun­bar (1906–60).

This paint­ing by Michael Ford shows men from the 3rd In­fantry Di­vi­sion—the first Bri­tish di­vi­sion to land at Sword Beach on D-day

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