During recent research into First World War art I came across this image by Francois Flameng which shows the church at Albert, France in 1916, and the famous, “Leaning Virgin” as it was known. This led me to thinking that I could include a similar leaning figure on my war memorial:
After a growing interest in soldiers wearing gas masks I decided to include one in my picture. This is a picture by J.H. Valda (detail) showing men wearing early (1915) gas masks:
I’m interested in the way gas masks change the character of the men into anonymous creatures.