April 9th 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. To commemorate the anniversary six original signed lithographs by war artist Frederick Thwaites Bush will be on display at the offices of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington) (CDLS(W)) located at the Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC.
The artwork depicts scenes from Ypres, Belgium and Vimy Ridge, France and includes such images as a mass grave cemetery at the bottom of a shell crater for fallen soldiers of the 2nd Canadian Division during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the ruins of the Church of Albain St. Nazaire and a French Chateau at the base of Vimy Ridge used by Canadian troops as a resting spot.
Mr. Ray Adams, of New Brunswick donated the images for display and is the father of Lieutenant Colonel Chris Adams, who currently serves as the Assistant Canadian Forces Military (Army) Attaché at CDLS(W).
“We are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with a dawn service ceremony, breakfast and a black tie dinner,” said LCol Adams. “The lithographs provide a connection to the past and we are honoured to be selected as the first location where all of Bush’s works will be displayed together.”
The artist Lt. Frederick Bush was originally from England and was a trained architect. He enlisted in the 29th Battalion in Vancouver, August 1914 and served in World War I.
The lithograph artwork will be on display within the Embassy of Canada but is closed to the public. A public display of artwork relating to the battle of Vimy Ridge will be hosted in the Embassy of Canada’s Art Gallery with the unveiling occurring on April 7th with an opportunity to view the installation until mid-June 2017.