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Rare chance as art of the First World War goes on show at county Guildhall

Ross Crawford 18th Jan, 2019

AN exhibition Art of the Great War, a collection of 50 original paintings and prints from World War One, is to go on show at The Guildhall in Worcester from February 2 until March 1, 2019.

Part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme, Art of the Great War is a remarkable collection of original artworks gathered by John Noott over the last 30 years.

The exhibition features paintings, prints and drawings that bring to life varied aspects of the First World War from those who served either on then frontline or on the home front.

Born in 1932, John Noott’s father served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War.

John has always been interested in this period and, as an art dealer, has been able to collect pieces from the time from both well-known and amateur artists.

“These works show the whole scope of experiences during the Great War from the devastation on the battlefield to incredibly moving depictions of the soldiers experiences,” said John, who also curates the I hope people enjoy the exhibition and that they educate and contribute to our understanding of the impact of World War One.”

Adrian Gregson, Worcestershire World War One Hundred project manager said: “I am delighted to be working with John to bring the Art of the Great War to The Guildhall in Worcester.

“The work on show presents an incredible snap shot of the experiences of those on the front line and in doing so is incredibly moving.

“Whilst Armistice has passed this isn’t the end of the story and the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme is keen to continue to share stories from the First World War and exhibitions like this are a great way of doing that.”

Find out more about the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme and events throughout Armistice here:

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