Soldier’s Sketchbooks

December 7, 2019

Documenting History

At age 21-year Victor Lundy dropped out of architecture school and became an infantry soldier in World War II.  He didn’t give up on his creative side and actually made documentary sketches using pencil of where he was and what he saw. He struggled to listen to lectures and was busy instead of sketching in 8 pocket-sized notebooks. His collection was donated by Lundy, at the age of 92 to the Library of Congress. They’ve all been scanned and are available online at THIS LINK.

This taken from the article: “The vivid images show everything from air raids to craps games for cigarettes. A sense of longing for home is a recurring theme in his sketches, which include detailed drawings of his bunk as well as particularly dream-like drawing, titled Home Sweet Home, that shows a soldier lounging on a hammock.In we have a breathtaking visual record of World War II, in the form of documentary sketches. For Lundy, “drawing is sort of synonymous with thinking,” which means we are left with an intimate archive of sketches that unfold one soldier’s experience fighting on the front lines.”

Learn more in THIS ARTICLE written by Jessica Stewart on November 14, 2016.

Lundy went on and became a very successful architect. Read about his career on WikipediaAs far as I can tell he is still alive.



  1. There is a wonderful video that PBS aired a number of years ago, THEY DREW FIRE, chronicling artist/soldiers who’s mission was to cover WWII through their drawings and paintings. You might find the video if you google it.

  2. Wow, thanks Lisa! I actually did a search and found that over 100 servicemen were artists documenting the war with their artwork. The artists and artwork can be found at https://www.pbs.org/theydrewfire/.

  3. Glad you liked this Argy. When I was teaching I did a large project with my students leading up to Veterans Day. I even went to a used book store and found an original copy of a Look Magazine during the WWII years that did an expose on these soldier artists. All this really made quite an impression on my Art students.

  4. Wonderful story Lisa! I’m sure they’ve never forgotten it! Thank you for your years of service Lisa!

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