BookWORLD WAR I Scrapbook of artwork and poetry from WWI-era British soldiers recovering at Fourth London General Military Hospital at Denmark Hill (King’s College Hospital). Poems and artwork dated 1915-1919. Size: 9 x 7 ½ in. 120 pages. Full burgundy leather with “Album” gilt on front cover. Contains artwork, poetry, signatures, or other mementos from convalescent soldiers on each page; most are signed and dated with military rank.
The subject matter reveals much of what must have been on a recovering soldier’s mind: many detailed drawings of beautiful women, including angelic nurses; poems recollecting their days in battle; and hopes for life once they could leave the hospital. The artwork is equally diverse in medium with dozens of drawings in graphite and ink, vivid watercolors, original cartoons, and even an interactive, double-faced Janus portrait of a man wearing a hat (attached by metal fastener) that can pivot to reveal either a smiling or frowning face. Unique content that reveals mindset of soldiers fresh off of the battlefield. Some artwork on the notebook others attached with glue or tape. Some tape repairs along edges. Overall very good with bumps, scuffs, and wear to cover, especially at extremities. Some thumb-soiling. Repair to inner hinges. But overall very artful and attractive item and in very Good condition.