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Milhouse25 Jan 2009 8:28 p.m. PST

Self explanatory.

I'll go first. Adolph Northen's "Prussian Attack" depicting one of the final assaults at Plancenoit at Waterloo.

Also, "The Gettysburg Cyclorama." Flawed , inaccurate, yet magnifiscent (and recently restored). Similar feeling for the Atlanta Cyclorama.

The WWII art of Hoard Brodie ("Moving Up") and Kerr Eby ("Tarawa Low Tide")

The work of Mssrs Troiani and Rocco…too many great works to choose from!

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2009 9:19 p.m. PST

I don't know if it's regarded as art but I have a great liking for the work of the cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather link For me he shows the Great War in a way that can be felt but with humour. My favourites being "The Communication Trench" and "Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree".

I could not quickly find them on the web but here is a Maxim Maxim.



Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2009 2:41 a.m. PST

Jan Hoynck van Papendrecht (1853-1933), perhaps because I grew up with his pictures.

Several of his artworks were meant for education, and primary schools had their prints on sturdy cardboard as aid with history lessons. They were still in use when I was in primary sschool, late 50s to early 60s.

I am fortunate that I own two of these, Holland infantry guarding the retreat across the Berezina:


and one of Prince William leading the Dutch militia at Quatre Bras, no pic handy.

He also portrayed many other military subjects, often for books:


This painting is in the Dutch cavalry museum outside Amersfoort:


Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2009 9:57 a.m. PST

Bill Mauldin and his "Willy and Joe" from WWII. Pulled very few punches on what the war was like from the enlisted man's perspective.


GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member26 Jan 2009 2:40 p.m. PST

Either the Alexander Mosaic or the Assyrian Gallery of the British Museum. If they count. I've got a copy of Hope's Costume of the Ancients – lots of early 19thC drawings from Greek vases. Those I like. Non military, probably something by Rackham or Kate Greenaway.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2009 3:41 p.m. PST

The Raclowice Cyclorama in Wroclaw is an amazing piece of military artwork. It depicts the Polish Insurrection of 1794 and the battle won by the Poles over the Russians.

Carl Rochling was a very talented artist as well. I like his attack of the Prussian Guards on the Leuthen Churchyard. He also did an amazing painting of Meade's attack at Fredericksburg.

And of course, there are more French military artists than you can shake a stick at. Too many good ones to just choose one.

Daffy Doug Inactive Member28 Jan 2009 5:47 p.m. PST

Tom Lovell's battle of Hastings link He was one of the great historical artists, especially of early USA themes….

Milhouse16 Feb 2009 1:21 p.m. PST

Hey DAF, I always enjoyed Rochling's work just never connected the different pieces to the same artist.

Off topic but: How are you faring in this crazy banking environment?

Rob UK Inactive Member19 Feb 2009 5:55 p.m. PST

Ooh, too many good ones that I can't choose just one!

Rousselot, De Neuville, Troiani, Remmington, Detaille

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2010 9:39 a.m. PST

Angus McBride's depiction of Olaf Trygvasson's heroic end.

Connard Sage Inactive Member25 Mar 2010 4:08 p.m. PST

Paul Nash: The Ypres Salient by Night.

Vasily Vereshchagin: Blown from the Guns in British India.

Edouard Detaille: La Reve.

Goya: El tres de Mayo de 1808 en Madrid.

George Clausen: Youth Mourning. Not exactly a military painting, but it's hanging in the Imperial War Museum and that's good enough for me.

Flat Beer and Cold Pizza Inactive Member25 Mar 2010 11:24 p.m. PST

Anything by Geoff Hunt: you can almost smell the sea air and the powder smoke.

Grand Duke Natokina Inactive Member16 Mar 2011 8:13 p.m. PST

Lady Butler's Charge of the Scots Grays. And Charlie Russell's Indians, the finest light cavalry in the world.

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member23 Mar 2011 7:46 a.m. PST

Keith Ferris does amazing work with military aviation topics. His canvas of Soviet Mi-24 over Afghanistan graced the cover of Air Force magazine back in the 80's.

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