EMMA CHAMBERS

Emma Chambers  (1964-2018).

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SIEGFRIED SASSOON

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On Passing The New Menin Gate
by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

 

Who will remember, passing through this Gate,
the unheroic dead who fed the guns?
Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate,-
Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones?

Crudely renewed, the Salient holds its own.
Paid are its dim defenders by this pomp;
Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone,
The armies who endured that sullen swamp.

Here was the world’s worst wound. And here with pride
‘Their name liveth for ever’, the Gateway claims.
Was ever an immolation so belied
as these intolerably nameless names?
Well might the Dead who struggled in the slime
Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.

 

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* The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown.

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AUGUST MACKE

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MILTON AVERY

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GUSTAV KLIMT

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HENRI MATISSE

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ÉDOUARD MANET

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AMEDEO MODIGLIANI

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PETER PAUL RUBENS

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PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR

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ALEKSEJ VON JAWLENSKY

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JANKEL ADLER

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PABLO PICASSO

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JOHANNES VERMEER

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MADGE GARLAND

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ANDY WARHOL

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THE ARMADA PORTRAIT

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I of England is the name of any of three surviving versions of an allegorical panel painting depicting the Tudor queen surrounded by symbols of imperial majesty against a backdrop representing the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
The three surviving versions are:
. The version at Woburn Abbey, in Bedfordshire, England. (below)
. The version in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
. The version owned by the Tyrwhitt-Drake family.

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Unknown artist, 1588.