2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Discover how art made a vital contribution to the campaigns of 1914- 1918.
Featuring the story of Alfred Leete ( 1882 – 1933 ) who devised one of the world’s most famous posters ‘ Your Country Needs You’, art works by Bone, Lavery, McEvoy, Nash, Nevinson, Orpen, Pears, Spencer and Wilkinson, as well as the origins of the Imperial War Museum.
James studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. He is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions and galleries, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, also lecturer and ships’ historian on board cruise ships. Publications include illustrated histories of Marine Painting (1995) and yachting art Yachts on Canvas (1998), as well as the catalogue for the 2007 exhibition Rule Britannia! Art, Power and Royalty to mark the 400th anniversary of Jamestown; The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin’s extraordinary adventure aboard FitzRoy’s famous survey ship (2008) and Careless Talk Costs Lives – Fougasse and the Art of Public Information (2010). Currently working on a PhD at the University of Sussex on the artists who travelled with Commander Matthew Flinders onboard HMS Investigator (1801-1803) the first ship to circumnavigate Australia. Guided tours of the buildings and artworks of the National Maritime Museum can be arranged for groups.