3714mx Kensingtons at Laventie maximum card.

3714mx Kensingtons at Laventie maximum card.
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14 May 2015 - Great War 1915.

The Centenary of the First World War was marked by another set of 6 stamps and prestige stamp book.


Painter and sculptor Eric Kennington joined the London Regiment in 1914, but was wounded and discharged in 1915. During his recovery, he worked on The Kensingtons at Laventie. Painted in reverse by applying oil paint to a sheet of glass, this extraordinary picture depicts Kennington (left background in a black balaclava) and several identifiable comrades resting in a ruined village after an exhausting spell in the trenches during the winter of 1914–15. A complex composition, the painting honours the fortitude and solidarity of ordinary soldiers.

The postcard is from the Imperial War Museum (PP01499) and the stamp is cancelled with a London SW1 postmark depicting a soldier, with the caption, 'We Will Remember'.

£4.50 inc. tax

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