Exhibition: Lands of Unknown Warriors
An exhibition of new paintings by John Woodman inspired by the landscapes from which the Unknown Warrior was chosen.
The Unknown Warrior was buried in Westminster Abbey in 1920, representing all who died in the First World War with no other memorial or known grave. The body was chosen from unknown British servicemen exhumed from four battle areas in northern France and was buried in the Abbey's nave at a funeral service attended by HM King George V and members of the Royal Family.
In the summer of 2017, artist John Woodman spent time in the four locations (the Aisne, the Somme, Arras and Ypres), making studies of the landscapes as they are now.
The resulting oil paintings are on display in the Chapter House, just off the cloisters, for a limited time over Remembrance-tide.