English Village Scene


This World War I poster, commissioned by the London subway authority, features an idyllic English village scene and the text of the poem “A Wish” by Samuel Rogers that paint an idealized picture of English country life. The caption reads: “The Underground Railways of London, knowing how many of their passengers are now engaged on important business in France and other parts of the world, send out this reminder of home. Thanks are due to George Clausen, R.A. for the drawing.” The contrast between the English idyll and the horrors at the Western front would have been striking to soldiers returning from the war. Clausen (1852–1944) was a prominent British painter who specialized in landscapes and rural scenes. He was a member of and professor of painting at the Royal Academy of Arts and an official war artist during the war. Rogers (1763–1855) was a minor English poet whose works include The Pleasures of Memory: A Poem in Two Parts (1792) and Italy: A Poem (1823).


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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 101 x 63 centimeters



  1. Richard Garnett, “Rogers, Samuel (1763–1855),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  2. Kenneth McConkey, “Clausen, Sir George (1852–1944),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Last updated: October 25, 2013