2. Claude Shepperson, Casualty Clearing Station in France, 1917
Claude Shepperson (1867–1921) provided a series of six lithographs for Efforts and Ideals on the subject of 'Tending the Wounded'. Henry Tonks was originally asked to supply works on this theme, which would have suited his medical background, but he declined, so Shepperson was commissioned in his place. In contrast to the brutal chaos of the battlefields, these works reflect the seemingly organized process of medical care, from the moments of initial treatment in advanced dressing stations and temporary field hospitals in France – as shown here – to convalescence back in England. Shepperson's images emphasize the quietly efficient but vital role played in war by medical personnel, acknowledging the professionalism of doctors and nurses alike.