War picture by Portsmouth artist WL Wyllie goes on show at city’s museum

Shadow of the Cross of War by WL Wyllie
Shadow of the Cross of War by WL Wyllie
The Public Service Plaza, Havant Borough Council offices
Picture: Allan Hutchings (150078-158)

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An original WL Wyllie oil painting has been loaned to Portsmouth Museum for the remainder of the Lest We Forget exhibition commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War.

The painting from 1918, called ‘The Shadow of the Cross of War’, is of a sleeping wounded soldier in a hospital bed.

It was loaned by Carolyn Way Mitchell and Ceri J Winter who bought the painting in memory of a cousin L/CPL Paul Stephen Morris, Royal Signals.

Two of Wyllie’s sons were killed in the First World War and both have memorials in Portsmouth Cathedral. Robert Theodore Morrison Wyllie was 26 when he was killed on November 1, 1914. He has no known grave but is commemorated at Ypres Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.

William Thomas Wyllie was killed in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

The painting appeared on Antiques Roadshow when it was filmed at the Royal Marines Museum in June 2013 and is now on display, along with other original artworks by Wyllie.

The exhibition closes on January 25.