From West Yorkshire to the Somme

The Old School Room

2nd August to 23rd August 2018

In August we will be hosting an exciting and challenging exhibition of artwork by Percy J Smith. These pieces depict local scenes and scenes from the Somme. Come and have a look while the exhibition is running. Download a PDF flyer for the event here.

Percy Smith was an artist, etcher, calligrapher, letterer and typographer of the late Victorian era. From childhood he was inspired by the poetry, novel and life of Emily Brontë and loved the bleak, desolate landscape which was explored and loved by the Brontë children. He made sketches of the heath around Haworth, the village of Haworth and the Elizabethan cottages which were dotted around the moorland.

When war broke out in 1914 he volunteered to enlist and after being rejected for health reasons was finally accepted by the RMA in 1916 to be a member of the Howitzer Brigade. His work was physically exhausting and required assembling and operating the enormous 15 inch Howitzer as well as carrying out the mundane routine activities of road digging, trench digging, laying wires and patrolling war-torn areas in the bitter cold winter conditions of late 1916 and early 1917.