Northern Ireland - A Soldiers View, Paintings by Christopher Miers
Northern Ireland - A Soldiers View, Paintings by Christopher Miers
Northern Ireland - A Soldiers View, Paintings by Christopher Miers
Northern Ireland - A Soldiers View, Paintings by Christopher Miers
Northern Ireland - A Soldiers View, Paintings by Christopher Miers
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Northern Ireland - A Soldiers View, Paintings by Christopher Miers

Published by Denovo Press in 1973, 48 pages. Rectangular Booklet - c.20.5cm by 29cm (A2U3YWSO)

From the introduction: For four years the British Army has been involved in the troubles of Northern Ireland. Over two hundred regular soldiers have been killed and over a thousand have been wounded; more than in any other single campaign except Korea, since the Second World War.

In that War a number of professional artists were commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to make a pictorial record of the Army on active service. Many of these paintings were reproduced in book form. In 1971 General Sir Harry Tuzo, as GOC Northern Ireland. made plans for a similar record to be made of the Army in Ulster but found it was not possible at that time to commission a civilian artist. He therefore commissioned a serving officer who is also by chance an artist. These paintings are the result.

The artist's brief was to produce a series of pictures depicting typical aspects of the soldier's life and in particular to record for posterity those features of it which are unique. He chose thirty-seven subjects which would cover the main types of incident. the most significant landmarks and a variety of regiments so that the final result would give a balanced view of Northern Ireland from the soldier's point of view.

The paintings are in no way- meant as propaganda. They are a statement of fact. That such scenes should be a matter of fact within the United Kingdom may seem incredible, but to the British soldier who has been stoned, bombed or shot at they are all too real.

Some of the paintings were completed on the spot. More often they were drawn and painted elsewhere but checked for details and atmosphere on location. Most of them were finished in or near Springfield Road Police Station, in Belfast in late Summer 1973. They are published here in book form as a memento for those who have served in Ulster and, in a sense, as a tribute to them. For those who have not, particularly for friends and relations of British soldiers, perhaps it may give some idea of what civilians and soldiers alike have endured these last few years.

The condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have several scuffs and blemishes, and light creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.