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A Famous Chateau Near Ypres – Boesinghe – 1916 Quite Demolished Later

Edward Handley-Read (1870-1935)


Signed and inscribed with title

Watercolour and charcoal on laid paper watermarked 'Vidalon Ingres'

19 x 24 ½ inches

'The Long Nineteenth Century: Treasures and Pleasures', Chris Beetles Gallery, March-April 2014, No 176;
'A Century of British Art: 1900-1945', Chris Beetles Gallery, 21 June-17 July 2021, No 39

Home to the flemish noble family, De Thibault de Boesinghe, the eighteenth-century château of Boesinghe stood close to the village of the same name, north of the city of Ypres, in Belgium. a shelter to refugees from early in the first world war, Boesinghe was attacked during the first battle of Ypres, in October-November 1914, and almost destroyed in the second battle in April 1915. close to the allies’ front line, the area remained central to further action, and the damaged château became symbolic of the devastation of war through the dissemination of its photographed and painted image. it was rebuilt after the war and still remains in the De Thibault family.

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