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ART03593

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

ID number ART03593
Title Sketch for Walking wounded
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Artist Benson, George
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1919
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement framed: 78.6 x 109.2 cm; unframed: 60.5 x 91.5 cm

Description

Depicts the ' walking wounded'; two pairs of soldiers, one assisting the other, walking out of mist or smoke haze in the background during the First World War. The soldier in foreground, wearing a tin helmet, has a bandaged arm and lower face. 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.