Archer joined the army at the start of WW1. In September 1916 his Regiment was sent to the front to fight at the Somme in Northern France.
His love of painting provided a distraction to the horrors going on around him. He took his trusty sketchbook with him to record what he saw in moments of quiet, but it wasn’t to last.
In October just a few days after painting these little pictures he was badly wounded in his head and neck with flying shrapnel and was hospitalised for the next few months.
There are five completed paintings in this little book which Archer dated.
MATERIALS: Watercolour and Pencil
DIMENSIONS: 5.25″ x 3.5″ (13.5 cm x 9.0 cm)
PROVENANCE: Private family collection, UK.
INSCRIPTIONS: Inscribed with signature inside front cover and paintings dated.
CONDITION: Usual wear and tear on the outer cover of a sketchbook now more that 100 years old, but the paintings it contains are still bright with little sign of damage. One painting has a small amount of foxing and some pages have been cut out – it would be lovely to find the missing pages!
It is anticipated that some of Archer's paintings will be available to purchase as limited edition prints in the future. In the meantime permission has been granted to Paradis Terrestre Greeting Cards to produce high quality greeting cards from some of Archer's paintings.