Front Line Artists/Peter Johnson. Cassell Ltd. Hardcover. First edition 1978. Out of print. Condition: Very good. ISBN 030430011X
In this fascinating book, illustrated with photographs and fine reproductions of the war artists’ work, the author tells the stories of these colourful personalities and the events they were commissioned to depict, including the American Indian and Civil Wars, the Franco-Prussian War, the Indian mutiny, the Sudan, Zulu, Crimea and Boer Wars, and the First and Second World Wars.
With their editors exploiting the fact that “Nothing sold a picture newspaper like a good war”, such front line artists as Frank Vizetelly, William Simpson, Frederic Villiers, Melton Prior and Frederic Remington were sent to war zones across the world, in order to record what they saw in the battles that raged around them. Tragically, not all of them returned.