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Ballads of Battle exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the life and work of the Dundee writer and illustrator Joseph Lee, and marks the centenary of his first book of war poetry, Ballads of Battle. The book established him as one of Scotland’s finest Great War poets, and critics placed him alongside the likes of Owen, Brooke and Sassoon. Although his reputation has since been unfairly eclipsed, his poetry and war memoirs remain powerfully evocative and authentic. What makes Lee even more remarkable is that before the war he had a highly successful career as a journalist and was also a skilled artist who illustrated his own books and periodicals. After the war he moved to London to study at the Slade alongside the likes of Stanley Spencer.
This exhibition is drawn from the unique collection of artworks, publications and documents held by the University of Dundee’s Archives and Museum Services, as well as some items on loan from other local collections.