At the Imperial War Museum (3): Percy Delf Smith’s ‘Dance of Death’

Dance of Death war etchings by Percy Smith - Death forbids

Percy Smith, Death forbids, from The Dance of Death series

While in London recently we saw the extensive Imperial War Museum exhibition, Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War. Billed as being the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years, it has needed three posts to do it justice. In this final post I want to highlight a suite of seven etchings by an artist who was completely new to me. The printmaker Percy Delf Smith’s series The Dance of Death, utilises the medieval allegory of the universality of death to express the macabre lottery of life on the Western Front. Continue reading “At the Imperial War Museum (3): Percy Delf Smith’s ‘Dance of Death’”