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Free lunchtime talk about Great War artist


A free illustrated talk about the Great War artist James McBey will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 20 August, at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

McBey, was a self-taught artist, born and raised in Aberdeenshire, who went on to become an artist of international renown. His First World War prints, which include etchings that evoke the devastation he witnessed in France and in Palestine, are on display along with sketchbooks and original photographs in the McBey Room, as part of the gallery's Great War exhibition.

Ann Steed, curator (fine art), Aberdeen Art Gallery, said: "The recent transcription of McBey's diaries by volunteers has given us a new insight into McBey's experiences in the Great War. His working drawings, the photographs and the mementoes he collected provide a very personal context to the fine etchings which he produced as a war artist."

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums was bequeathed McBey's collection of photographs, sketches, etchings and writings from this period by his widow Marguerite. This remarkable collection illustrates both military and civilian aspects of the war, and sheds light on a theatre of conflict that is often overlooked in public commemorations of World War One.

The Great War exhibition explores the different aspects of Aberdeen's involvement with the Great War, one of the most important events of the 20th century.

Advance booking is not required for this 30 minute talk.

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 1pm-4pm

Closed Monday

Admission free