In London and Paris, professional sculptors provided these delicate masks: their results are recorded by photographer Horace Nicholls and in a silent film of Anna Coleman Ladd. Both show the artistry of prosthetic repair, and dramatise the psychological impact of the most dehumanizing of injuries.
Given the professed ‘death of the portrait,’ one might expect a different treatment of disfigurement today, but the representation of disfigured veterans (indeed, disfigurement of any sort) in the press and popular culture remains convention-bound.
Price: £6.60, concessions £4.50, Friends and Historical Association free.
Location: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.
Enquiries: Peninsula Arts Box Office.