Ralph Hedley R.B.A.
The veteran

oil on canvas
1197 x 1620 mm
SIGNED b.l.c. R.Hedley



Bewick Club Members’ Exhibition,
Newcastle upon Tyne, 1896 (16)

Royal Academy, London, 1896 (880)

Loan Exhibition of Works
by Ralph Hedley R.B.A.
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle,
1938 (63)

Exhibition of paintings
by Ralph Hedley R.B.A.
Shipley Art Gallery,
Gateshead, 1938-9 (34)

Darlington Public Art Gallery,
1939 (27)

Middlesborough Art Gallery,
Dunning Street, 1940 (12)

Ralph Hedley: Tyneside Painter,
Laing Art Gallery,
Newcastle, 1990-91



Laing Art Gallery,
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Reference TWCMS : G1986
Given by the
Walker Mechanics’ Institute, 1942

Ralph Hedley Archive reference

The veteran

When this picture as shown in Newcastle in 1896 Ralph Hedley put a quote in the exhibition catalogue from the poem The deserted village (1770) by Oliver Goldsmith.

The broken soldier, kindly bid to stay,
Sat by his fire, and talk'd the night away;-
Wept o'er his wounds, or, tales of sorrow done,
Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.

In 1938, Fred Cross, Bandmaster of the Royal Engineers in Newcastle, wrote that he modelled for the young soldiers in The veteran ‘in 5 different positions’.

Ralph Hedley R.B.A. The veteran 1896 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED