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ALLOUARD, Henri

Paris 1844 - ? 1929

Aux Dames de la Croix Rouge

Red Cross

1916

bronze

medal and plaquette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 2 x 2 34 in.

Acc. No.: 45.17

Credit Line: Gift of Nina Cullinan

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • 1945, Gift of Nina Cullinan

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (accessed 6 January 2016)

Related works

  • Other copy at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, A.88-1920.

Comment

  • Victoria and Albert Museum's website (accessed 6 January 2016):
    This bronze plaquette was made by Henri Allouard in France, 1916. This plaquette commemorates the nurses of the Red Cross. The soldier on this plaquette is probably intended to portray a man blinded by gas. After 1916 mustard gas attacks were more or less constant on the Western Front. Exposure was often fatal, following a slow agonising descent through burns to skin and external organs to respiratory failure. Those who survived were frequently left blind, and with permanent breathing difficulties.