Keith Vaughan: Sketchbook Cover: Soldier Writing a Letter, 1941/2


Pen and ink and wash on paper,
Inscribed in the artist’s hand, studio stamp lower left
17.5 x 10 cm
Deep box framed in oak

Artist’s estate, Professor John Ball, private collection

This drawing was made at Codford Camp in 1941/2. It depicts a soldier writing a letter home – an important war-time activity among the troops. Vaughan has decorated the cover of one of his ring-bound sketchbooks – presumably needing to do so, paper being a scarce commodity. Whenever he had spare time, he  spent it drawing and painting, recording the daily activity of his comrades.