Ypres, la Cathédrale

Sketch of Ypres Cathedral damaged by shelling, 1915

Sketch of Ypres Cathedral damaged by shelling, 1915

This month marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Our ‘From the Collections’ is an image of Ypres Cathedral, in Belgium. It shows the building severely damaged after heavy German shelling during the Second Battle of Ypres.

It comes from a facsimile sketch book titled Armée Anglaise, Juin 1915. The book was found in the archive of Cox & Co., the army agents taken over by Lloyds Bank in 1923.

The volume also contains 25 portraits of British Army officers depicted while serving in France and Belgium. The reproductions have been hand-coloured.

The artist of the original charcoal drawings was Lucien Jonas, a French soldier. He travelled along the front lines documenting the war in thousands of sketches, drawings and paintings. They were published worldwide.

You can find out more about the impact of the First World War on the constituent companies of Lloyds Banking Group in our online exhibition.

Or return to From the Collections to take at look at our other featured items.