Private with bandage, travelling in a railway compartment, circa 1918
Framed (ref: 5929)
8 x 5 in. (20 x13 cm.)
Tags: Robert Austin drawing pencil men portraits war No Mans Land WW-1 Paintings Commemorating World War I
Provenance: The Artist's brother Frederick Austin; thence by descent
During WW1 Austin served in the Royal
Garrison Artillery as a gunner.
He had been at the
Royal College for a brief spell before the outbreak of the war and resumed his studies afterwards.
The Soldier, in Austrian uniform, would appear to be a Private 1st Class of the 2nd Infantry Regiment.
Millions of soldiers suffered “shell shock,” or posttraumatic stress disorder, due to the horrors of trench warfare. Shell-shocked men often had uncontrollable diarrhea, couldn’t sleep, stopped speaking, whimpered for hours, and twitched uncontrollably. While some soldiers recovered, others suffered for the rest of their lives