Sketch to Illustration

Here we see how two on-the-scene sketches are made into magazine illustrations.

A scene outside of Malines. Red Cross ambulances evacuate wounded during an artillery duel.

A scene of Antwerp under German bombardment. The bridge of boats across the river Scheldt has been damaged.
Note that the finishing artist over-dramatized the scene.

*see other drawings over the Siege of Antwerp by Seppings-Wright /drawing of the bombardment


Magazine editors relied on drawings and illustrations to a large degree to fill out news reporting, especially where scenes of actual fighting were concerned. One way of obtaining reliably accurate illustrations was by having a correspondant versed in the art of sketching on site. He would produce a rough view of a newsworthy situation or event and forward the resulting sketch to the home office, where presumably more capable artists were available. Apparently at times the original sketches were considered noteworthy enough to be printed in lieu of the finished product.

Whatever the practice, one such roving sketch-artist was Mr. H.C. Seppings-Wright (1850-1937), employed by the 'London Illustrated News', who was present during the siege of Antwerp. He produced a number of rough drawings which were later made into finished magazine illustrations. Some magazines however preferred to use his preliminary drawings for whatever number of reasons.

Mr. Seppings-Wright later produced work on events on the Eastern front during 1915, when he accompanied Russian forces operating in Austrian Galicia. See his illustration of a café in Przemysl and siege of Przemysl


Mr. H.C. Seppings-Wright : a self portrait in Przemysl (left)
and a photo portrait (right)

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