||Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information
||Clausen, George Sir RA
||Underground Railways of London
||civilian morale, civilian personnel, architecture, landscape, children, family, women / womens work, transport, literature
||whole: the image occupies the majority, held within a narrow brown border. The title and text are separate and positioned along the top edge and in the lower fifth, in brown. All set against a white background.
image: an idyllic scene of an English country village, with thatched cottages and a church. A young woman and child sit by a tree in the foreground left, with three other villagers placed in the background.
text: The Underground Railways of London, knowing how many of their passengers are now engaged on important business in France and other parts of the world, send out this reminder of home. Thanks are due to George Clausen R.A. for the drawing.
Mine be a cot beside the hill;
A bee-hive's hum shall soothe my ear;
A willowy brook that turns a mill,
With many a fall shall linger near.
The swallow, oft beneath my thatch
Shall twitter from her clay-built nest;
Oft shall the pilgrim lift the latch,
And share my meal, a welcome guest.
Around my ivied porch shall spring
Each fragrant flower that drinks the dew,
And Lucy, at her wheel, shall sing
In [additional text strip; replaces 'For'] russet gown and apron blue.
The village church among the trees,
Where first our marriage-vows were given,
With merry peals shall swell the breeze
And point with taper spire to Heaven
||church, tree, cottage
|Id Number Current Accession
||IWM PST 13661
|Location Creation Site
||1005 mm x 629 mm
||lithograph on paper
|Format Series Notes
||Additional text strip, to replace original text, adhered lower centre. Produced as part of a series of morale posters by London Underground (see PST 13662 and PST 13364).
||WW1 British Home Front
||Great Britain GB, France FR
||Clausen, the son of a Danish painter and sculptor, was born in London. He began his career working for a London firm of decorators, whilst also taking evening classes at the South Kensington School of Art. After winning several prizes and a scholarship for painting, he became a full-time artist in 1871. Clausen then worked as an assistant to the painter Edwin Long, who advised him to travel to the Low Countries, where he studied at the Antwerp Academy. He then completed his training in Paris.
Clausen exhibited in London from 1876, producing pictures in the Dutch style until the beginning of the 1880s, when he married and moved to the country. From this period onwards, he favoured various rural subjects.
In 1886, Clausen helped found the New English Art Club, and from 1904-06, he held the post of Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy. In 1917, he was made an official war artist.
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|Style Period Period
||lithograph in 4 colours
||Poem by Samuel Rogers