Wyndham Lewis was educated at Rugby School, of Tom Brown fame, and the Slade College of Art. He joined the Royal Artillery on the western front and was appointed official war-artist by the British government in 1917. In his autobiographical book Blasting and Bombardiering, not published until 1937, Lewis records being at a dinner in Northern France where one of the top-ranking brass hats sympathised with Lewis about being at the Front by saying ‘It’s hell, isn’t it? It must be hell?’. Lewis replied that

‘it was Goya, it was Delacroix – all scooped out and very El Greco. But hell, no.’

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You can see some of Wyndham Lewis’s paintings on the Made from History website http://madefrom.com/history/world-war-one/painting/