Study of two wounded soldiers

Henry Tonks (1862–1937) was a surgeon as well as an important art teacher at the Slade School in London before the war, influencing a whole generation of young artists, including Christopher Nevinson and Paul Nash. In 1916 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming an official war artist in 1918. This sketch of two wounded soldiers may have been a study for the large oil painting An Advanced Dressing Station in France (1918), now in the collection of the Imperial War Museum. Tonks later made a memorable series of pastel drawings of soldiers with facial injuries for the Cambridge military hospital in Aldershot and the Queen's Hospital, Sidcup.


  • Title

    Study of two wounded soldiers

  • Artist/maker

    Henry Tonks (1862 - 1937)
  • Associated place

    Europe (place of creation)
  • Date

    probably c. 1917 - 1918
  • Material and technique

    coloured chalk with black chalk on off-white paper

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 32.2 x 38.7 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Mr and Mrs C.H. Collins Baker, in memory of the artist, 1937.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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