This is a second-hand copy of the book Peter McIntyre - War Artist.
Condition: This is a used book in good condition. The dustjacket has wear with tears and sun-fading to the spine - see photos. The dust jacket has now been covered in a non-adhesive PVC cover for its own protection. This is simply folded in place and is easy to remove without damaging the jacket.
Publisher: Reed Year: 1981 ISBN: 058901384X Format: Hardback with dustjacket Pages: 240 Condition: Used (Good)
Peter McIntyreOBE (4 July 1910 – 11 September 1995) was a New Zealand painter and author who rose to prominence as a result of artwork produced in his capacity as an official war artist during the Second World War
On the outbreak of the Second World War, McIntyre attempted to enlist in the British Army but was declined. He soon found out that New Zealand expatriates were able to join a section of the2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force(2NZEF) that was being raised in London. He promptly enlisted,seeking "the promise of excitement after a decade of paralysis, the doldrum thirties".The London section of the 2NZEF became the 34th Anti-tank Battery which received its training atAldershot. In April 1940, the unit left England for Egypt, where it was initially based atMaadi Camp, on the outskirts ofCairo, and attached to the2nd New Zealand Division.
McIntyre's portrait of Major General Bernard Freyberg, who selected him to be the official war artist of the 2NZEF
While in Egypt, McIntyre's artistic skills were soon recognized. He provided drawings forParade, a military magazine, and was invited to prepare artwork to form the basis of a security poster. The artwork was later used for a postcard and McIntyre also worked on the divisional Christmas card. In his own time, he also executed landscapes and portraits of fellow soldiers of the 2NZEF.
His skills soon saw him transferred to the draughting office at the headquarters of the2nd New Zealand Division, preparing maps and drawings of Italian defensive positions based on aerial photographs. His workspace was surrounded by some of his own artwork which soon attracted the attention of the division's commander,Major GeneralBernard Freyberg.For some time, theNew Zealand governmenthad been considering appointing an official war artist to record the exploits of its men at war but was yet to make a commitment.In January 1941, Freyberg, tiring of the lengthy appointment process, selected McIntyre as the official New Zealand war artist, promoting him tolieutenantat the same time.
In his new role, it was proposed that McIntyre would execute portraits of decorated soldiers, battle scenes, and a series on the life of a New Zealand soldier, both in the frontlines and in the rear areas. McIntyre's first orders from Freyberg were to paint portraits of thebrigadiersof the 2nd New Zealand Division, a task of which he soon tired. However, he soon found that Freyberg allowed him plenty of leeway in what was to be produced
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