Kerr Eby 1890 - 1946

Kerr Eby (1890– 1946) was a Canadian illustrator best known for his renderings of soldiers in combat in the First and Second World Wars. He is held in a similar regard to Harvey Dunn and the other famous illustrators dispatched by the government to cover the First World War.

Born in Tokyo, Japan to Canadian Methodist missionary parents in 1890, Kerr received formal art training at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League of New York. Enlisting in the Army in 1917, Eby served in an ambulance crew and later as a camoufleur. Although unable to acquire an artist’s commission to cover the war, Eby created many memorable and haunting images of soldiers both in combat and living their daily lives on the front.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Eby continued to occasionally generate pieces related to his experience, and worked many of his early sketches into completed lithographs. These images were eventually collected and distributed in the book WAR, which remains in the collection of many libraries today. Notable images in this collection include a haunting drawing of marines retreating across the countryside beneath a menacing black cloud. In 1930. he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1934.... read more

Kerr Eby Prints

No Man’s Land – St. Mihiel Drive

Kerr Eby: No Man’s Land – St. Mihiel Drive, 1919

Where Do We Go

Kerr Eby: Where Do We Go, 1919


Kerr Eby: Stuck, 1919/1920


Kerr Eby: Barrage, 1933

September 13 1918, St.Mihiel (The Great Black Cloud)

Kerr Eby: September 13 1918, St.Mihiel (The Great Black Cloud), 1934

Mamma’s Boy

Kerr Eby: Mamma’s Boy, 1937