Tidings from the Front (The Letter)

William Gilbert Gaul


For those who could write, letter writing was a very common pastime. Not only was it a way to while away the time but, for most, it was the only means of contact with home and friends. The arrival of mail played a large part in the soldier’s life. Letters from home were critical to boost soldier morale. Mail from the soldiers was uncensored and contained not only military information but also personal feelings.

In this painting, the family gathers to hear what their soldier has to say. Imagine yourself here listening to the words of a loved one writing from the battlefield.