The Tanjore Durbar, Madras, February 1840

Featured

Indian armies, Indian art

Artworks created by Indian artists for the British soldiers serving on the subcontinent provide a fascinating insight into early Anglo-Indian relations.

Read this story

Explore Art and Literature stories

Women's work?

Women's work?

Discover how women’s contributions to the British Army have helped bring about change over the past 100 years. And see how Army recruiters have adapted their messaging accordingly.

explore this story
Abram Games in his studio, c1941

Abram Games and the power of the poster

Abram Games was 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War. Always direct, and occasionally controversial, his posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion used by visual designers today.

explore this story
Abram Games poster, 'Your Britain. Fight for It Now', 1942

Abram Games, ABCA and the fight for post-war change

During the Second World War, Abram Games produced a series of posters for the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. These aimed to remind soldiers what they were fighting for, while also offering a glimpse of the post-war society they could aspire to.

explore this story
Lord Strathcona’s Horse on the march, 1918

Beauty in desolation: Munnings and the First World War

In 1918, the artist Alfred Munnings was tasked with recording the wartime contribution of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps. His paintings highlight the military role of horses, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France.

explore this story
An unidentified officer of Fencible Cavalry, c1800

Paintings in little

Recent research on the museum's collection of portrait miniatures has revealed new information about artists and untold stories about some of the subjects they portrayed.

explore this story
'An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara', 1762

The earliest European view of Niagara

Thomas Davies' watercolour, ‘An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara’ (1762), documents the struggle for control of North America and illuminates the history of British exploration and science.

explore this story
Matthew Cook's paint set

Painting in the line of fire

Painting on campaign presents war artists with a number of issues; not least that they are non-combatants in some of the most dangerous environments in the world.

explore this story
‘A Welcome Arrival’, 1857

Drawn on the spot: War artists and the illustrated press

In Victorian Britain, it was the news of war rather than the antics of minor entertainment celebrities that boosted sales of newspapers.

explore this story
The Tanjore Durbar, Madras, February 1840

Indian armies, Indian art

Artworks created by Indian artists for the British soldiers serving on the subcontinent provide a fascinating insight into early Anglo-Indian relations.

explore this story
The Wipers Times: The soldiers' paper

The Wipers Times: The soldiers' paper

'The Wipers Times' was full of dark humour and one of the finest trench publications from the First World War.

explore this story
Battle of Isandlwana, 1879

Restoring Isandlwana

'The Battle of Isandlwana' is one of our most popular artworks. But before going on display again, the iconic painting needed some TLC: tender loving conservation!

explore this story

Explore Art and Literature events

The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
Exhibition

6 April 2019 - 24 November 2019

£6.00

The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.

find out more
Remembrance poetry workshop
Primary workshop

23 September 2019 - 18 November 2019

FREE

Remembrance poetry workshop

Develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description, taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection and archive.

find out more
Remembrance poetry workshop
Secondary workshop

23 September 2019 - 18 November 2019

FREE

Remembrance poetry workshop

Develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description, taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection and archive.

find out more
Pastel portraits
Workshop

23 November 2019, 2.00pm

£15.00

Pastel portraits

Master the art of creating a portrait in pastels in this workshop led by the founder of London Fine Art Studios, Ann Witheridge.

find out more
Curator tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

23 November 2019, 2.00pm

£10.50

Curator tour: The art of persuasion

Join a curator on an hour-long guided tour of our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

find out more
Tiny Troopers: Music
Workshop

9 December 2019

£5.00

Tiny Troopers: Music

Bring your little ones to our monthly toddlers session, perfect for under-5s.

find out more
Tiny Troopers: Posters
Workshop

20 January 2020

£5.00

Tiny Troopers: Posters

Bring your little ones to our toddlers’ session, perfect for ages 2 to 4.

find out more

Join the conversation

"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."