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ART50203

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number ART50203
Title Xmas Memories
Collection Art
Object type Print
Artist Dyson, Will
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1929
Medium lithograph on paper
Measurement sheet: 57 x 50.6 cm (irreg.); image: 49.2 x 39.8 cm

Description

Depicts a central figure, an ex-serviceman, now a swaggie carrying a swag and billy and followed by his dog. Beside him are two ghostly figures of servicemen, possibly his former mates. The serviceman on the right wears a steel helmet, while the one on the left wears a slouch hat and carries a rifle and bayonet. 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.