The history of the Canadian War Memorial Scheme as a study of patronage and visual record of the Great War.
This study of the Canadian War Memorials Fund,
established during the Great War, focuses initially
on the origin and organization of the Fund, looking
particularly at the roles of Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook),
Harold Harmsworth (Lord Rothermere) and
Paul Konody, and how it grew out of Aitken's
enthusiasm as Canadian War ,Records Officer. After
discussing the artists' recruitment and their
participation in the scheme, it examines the symbolism
and iconography of the works produced, then concludes
with a look at the post-war neglect of the Fund's
collection and its place as a precedent in Canada's
war art programme during World War II.