Dooley to Present “The Faces from the Great War”

Local artist Edwin L. Dooley, Jr. will unveil his one-of-a-kind collection of pencil-on-paper portraits of well-known soldiers in World War I at an exhibit opening at the George C. Marshall Museum on November 12 at 5 pm. Dooley will begin with remarks, and a reception will follow.

The public is invited to attend. There is no charge.

Dooley began sketching World War I figures in uniform earlier this year. He will display 28 of his portraits of individuals who fought with the Allied forces during WWI. Dooley’s art can be seen in the lower gallery of the Marshall Museum through the summer of 2015.

Some of the notable portraits include Gen. John J. Pershing, head of the American Expeditionary Forces and his protégé George C. Marshall, George Patton, Jr., Douglas MacArthur, Harry Truman, Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, Ferdinand Foch, Douglas Haig, T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), John A. Lejeune, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Alvin York, who was the most decorated soldier in that war.

In addition the Marshall Foundation will add items from its collections to augment the Dooley pieces. They will be WWI artifacts and will include the unusual diary of Army Private Homer Simpson, who wrote about his experiences during the final year of that war. The Simpson diary was added recently to an online exhibit of the Google Cultural Institute to commemorate World War I.

Dooley is a former VMI faculty and staff member. He says he’s been interested in the “Generation of 1914” ever since he studied that period as a graduate student at the Univ. of Virginia. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

The Marshall Museum is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.