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Frederick Roe, R.I., R.B.C. (1864-1947)
‘The Return of the Victors, Waterloo Station 1918’
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1918.
Size: 40 x 57 inches (101 x 143 cms).
Frederick Roe created this hugely poignant work in 1918, depicting a group of dazed, exhausted soldiers returning from the Front to Waterloo Station in London. ‘The Return of the Victors’ vividly illustrates the huge contrast between what the soldiers had endured in France, and the normality of London life, merely a day’s train journey away from the carnage they had clearly witnessed at the Western Front.
Well known for his large and imposing historical compositions, Roe was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1877 and was elected to the Royal Institute of British Painters in 1909. As this hugely atmospheric painting attests, Roe was an accomplished and highly skilled portrait painter and his paintings form part of some of the best public collections in the world, including the National Portrait Gallery.
Signed Fred Roe and further signed and inscribed ‘The Return of the Victors / by Fred Roe./ 18 Stanford Rd. / Kensington Court./ W.’ on a gallery label attached to the reverse.
Exhibited in 1919 at the Royal Academy exhibition ‘War Pictures - the Official Illustrated Record’ (number 323).