Day Breaks—Cold, Shrieking— Bloody. Cecil W. Bostock, 1884–1939 Aust.
Day Breaks—Cold, Shrieking— Bloody
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Day Breaks—Cold, Shrieking— Bloody

1918/1919. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, annotated “London Salon”, dated “1919”, signed and titled in pencil on backing below image, 13 x 20.6cm. Slight silvering, laid down on original backing with foxing. Framed.

Bostock served as a gunner during WWI, and this is his only known photograph from the war. Held in AGNSW with date “1918” and the comment “Soldier snapshots from the First World War were not uncommon…Bostock’s evocative image stands clearly apart from these, as well as from the more formal and staged work by official war photographer Frank Hurley.”

In 1921 Bostock held an exhibition consisting of 101 photographs at the Kodak Salon in Sydney, which included this image, as noted in a review in The Sydney Morning Herald. “Here is shown an 18-pounder at the moment of recoil, with crouching ‘tin-hatted’ gun crew, a white pall of smoke drifting from the muzzle, under a stormy sky. The picture seems to personify the spirit of war, and was accorded a flattering reception when hung in the London Salon of 1919.” Ref: SMH, 17.11.1921.

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Item #CL195-44

Price (AUD): $2,950.00  other currencies

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