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William Lee Hankey, 1869–1952
The Flight from Belgium
Materials & Techniques:
Etching, aquatint, soft-ground etching, drypoint, and roulette on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 20 1/16 x 23 1/16 inches (51 x 58.6 cm), Plate: 17 1/16 x 19 7/16 inches (43.4 x 49.4 cm), Image: 17 x 19 3/8 inches (43.2 x 49.2 cm)

Inscribed below image in artist's hand in graphite, lower left to lower center: "inv del et imp."; lower left: "Edittion 35 only"; lower right: "The Flight from Belgium - 1914. | Edittion 35"; lower right: "1966.40.1"; inscribed on verso in graphite, lower left: "11021"

Artist's stamp: William Lee Hankey (Lugt 2637a); marked lower center on back: "STATON BROS | FINE ARTS | GERMANTOWN, PHILA" written in a circular design on a sticker

Artist's monogram lettered inside image: "WLH"

Signed in graphite, lower left to lower center below image: "W Lee Hankey inv del et imp."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, The G. Allen Smith Collection, transfer from the Yale University Art Gallery
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
baby | cart | child | escape | fear | figures | fleeing | historical subject | horse (animal) | infant | landscape | line | man | migration | military art | monochrome | refugees | sadness | trees | wagon | walking | war | woman | world war | World War, 1914-1918
Associated Places:
Belgium | Europe
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IIIF Manifest:

Rupert Brooke served with the Royal Naval Division in the retreat from Antwerp. He wrote in a letter to the American poet Leonard Bacon on November 11, 1914 (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library):
"I marched through Antwerp, deserted, shelled & burning, one night & saw ruined houses; dead men and horses. . . . And the whole heaven and earth was lit up by the glare from the great lakes and rivers of burning petrol, hills & spires of flame. That was like Hell, a Dantesque Hell, terrible. But later I saw what was a truer Hell. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, their goods on barrows & hand carts & perambulators & waggons, moving with infinite slowness out into the night. Two unending lines of them, the old men mostly weeping, the women with hard white drawn faces, the children playing or crying or sleeping."

Gallery label for Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26)

Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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