Rix Desolation

A painting of a woman with a distressed expression, dressed in a robe, with no shoes, on a barren landscape.

Desolation, by Hilda Rix Nicholas, c1917. There were a number of different versions of this haunting artwork based around Hilda’s despair following the loss of her mother, sister and husband during the war. Her husband was killed in action on the Western Front in November 1916, just six weeks after their marriage. NLA, Rix Nicholas Papers