‘The Welsh at Mametz Wood’

11/7/1916

The Welsh artist, Christopher Williams, painted The Welsh at Mametz Wood (1918) at the request of David Lloyd George, then the Secretary of State for War. The large painting shows the charge of the Welsh Division at Mametz Wood on 11 July 1916 in graphic detail. He was given permission to visit the scene in November 1916 where he made preparatory sketches and got soldiers to pose for him. Williams was a pacifist (someone who is opposed to war and violence) and was not an official war artist.