The Cloth Hall, Ypres

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During the First World War (1914–1918), the British sector of the Western Front extended north into the Flanders region in southern Belgium. Here, the front line projected into German-held territory as the triangular-shaped Ypres Salient, with the town of Ypres (Ieper) in the centre. The area was bombarded by German artillery from two sides and, by the end of the war, the town was almost completely flattened. At the centre of Ypres stood the huge, thirteenth-century Cloth Hall, one of the finest examples of Flemish medieval civic architecture and the economic heart of the town. The gradual destruction of Ypres during the war was epitomized by that of the Cloth Hall, which also came to symbolize the effect of war upon western civilization.

National Army Museum



The Cloth Hall, Ypres




oil on canvas


H 104.3 x W 155.5 cm (E)

Accession number

NAM. 1989-04-135

Acquisition method

purchased from David Cohen Fine Art Limited, 1989

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