Box 7 depicts peaceful landscapes painted by Irish artists Orpen and Lavery before and after the First World War respectively.
'A Breezy Day, Howth' is one of a series of paintings which Orpen carried out between 1909 and the outbreak of the First World War, when he and his family spent the summer months at Howth, just northeast of Dublin Bay. Orpen was reintroduced to the beauty of the Dublin coastline by his friend, the writer Oliver St. John Gogarty. This painting depicts the artist's wife Grace sheltering from the strong winds on the headland of Howth, and beyond her view across the Dublin Bay with the Dublin Mountains in the distance.
Sutton Courtenay is situated on the River Thames in Oxfordshire and was painted in the summer of 1917. This idyllic boating scene features elegant society figures enjoying an afternoon on the river. Protected from the sun by their boaters, the brightly coloured parasol is abandoned to the bottom of the punt. The First World War is far removed from the sunny bliss of this little wharf on the Thames. Lavery was a masterful colourist as is evidenced here with the sunlit figures offset by the glassy cool blue tones of the water overlaid with verdant shadows from the leafy trees on the shore.