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ART02236.015

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ID number ART02236.015
Title Fletch and Dan coming back to Igri Corner from Lagincourt
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Dyson, Will
Place made France
Date made 1917
Medium crayon, pencil on paper
Measurement sheet: 49.7 x 63.4 cm (irreg.); image: 47 x 62.6 cm

Description

Depicts two soldiers of 2nd Australian Division in full kit going along a communication trench near Igri Corner, France. Drawn near the front line at Bullecourt. 'Fletch' was possibly the head of the Postal Service, Capt C J Fletcher; 'Dan' - Daryl Lindsay; 'Igri' is an Arabic word for 'hurry-up'. It is likely that the work was drawn near Noreuil, France in April 1917. Above them is a dark sky, filled with shell bursts. The soldiers in the trench are possibly named 'Dan' and 'Fletch' according to an inscription by the artist. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He was appointed an Official War Artist, attached to the AIF, in May 1917, working in France and London throughout the war. His commission was terminated in March 1920.