THEY ARE the iconic images that inspired a generation of men to fight for their country, and now 100 years on from their creation, recruitment posters from the First World War be displayed.
York-born Captain Harry Lawrence Oakley was one of the most prolific silhouette artists of the 20th century, who created recruitment posters used not only across Britain, but in Australia, South Africa and Canada.
His great nephew, Jerry Rendell, has loaned two of Captain Oakley’s most famous works to York Castle Museum for its new exhibition, which opens on June 28. Mr Rendell, who wrote a book about his great uncle, said Captain Oakley would have been very proud to see his posters, entitled Think and Remember, return to his home city.
He said: “Oakley’s figure of the advancing soldier became an iconic image and was adapted and used in many forms. His work was popular during his lifetime but was never highly regarded by the critics - so he would be pleased to see that it is now getting the recognition it deserves.”
Collections facilitator at the museum, Rob Wake, said Captain Oakley’s work captured the many different aspects of the conflict, “from famous officers to the men in the trenches.”
Captain Oakley was born in Poppleton and studied art in York, Leeds and London before joining the 8th Green Howards. He created much of his work while serving on the front.