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The Measure of All Things features three works of art that delve into the subject of historical memory and remembrance. The paintings also mark a journey in O’Donoghue’s personal exploration of his father’s story and his experiences of the war.

During a trip to Saint-Valéry-en-Caux, France, O’Donoghue discovered a photo album recording a young woman’s holiday in France in 1904. The paintings were inspired by a photograph of a young man lying on the ground in France with his arms outstretched; O’Donoghue sensed that the image was a prophecy of the devastation that the war would bring.

The exhibition forms part of the abbey’s efforts to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The Measure of All Things
Westminster Abbey, Chapter House, 2014

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