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Hidden Figures

Joseph Gray’s Camouflage: A Memoir of Art, Love and Deception


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Suffering from rheumatic fever and wounded in the backside by a sniper’s bullet, Joseph Gray, the author’s great-grandfather, was invalided out of the army in 1916. A private in the 4th (Dundee) Battalion of the Black Watch, he returned to Dundee, where – after art school in South Shields – he had worked as an illustrator for the Dundee Courier before enlisting at the outbreak of war. He became ‘official war artist’ of The Graphic (a popular rival to the Illustrated London News), where his sketches ‘brought to life what was happening in the trenches’.

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