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ART00135

Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial,
Creative Commons License This image is licensed under CC BY-NC

ID number ART00135
Title Chinese Labour Corps
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Benson, George
Place made France
Date made 1918
Medium watercolour, pencil on card
Measurement sheet: 32.9 x 49.6 cm; image: 32.9 x 49.6 cm

Description

Depicts a double row of Chinese laborers walking through a street in the French village of Coisy. A soldier stands in front of the Chinese men. George Courtney Benson (1886-1960) was a painter and muralist. He studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne from 1903 and later worked for the 'Bulletin' in Sydney, then as an illustrator and cartoonist for Melbourne 'Punch'. As a result of his drawings at Gallipoli and in France during the First World War, he was appointed official war artist in 1918. He served with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade and from June 1916 was with the British Expeditionary Forces in France. After the war, he continued to work for the War Records Section and returned to Melbourne in 1919 to complete works for the War Memorial and spent the next decade painting watercolour landscapes and working as a book illustrator. In 1931 he moved to Western Australia to undertake work on murals. Benson enlisted in the Australian Citizens Military Forces from 1940 to 1943, working in camouflage.