Motor transports on the Armentieres-Bailleul Road

Collection ID ART00157
Collection type Art
Title Motor transports on the Armentieres-Bailleul Road
Measurement framed: 41.6 x 52 x 4 cm; unframed: 30.2 x 40.6 cm; sight: 29 x35 cm
Object type Painting
Maker Bryant, Charles
Place made France: Nord Pas de Calais, Nord, Lille, Armentieres
Date made 21 June 2017
Copyright AWM copyright

Painting of a convoy of Albion trucks passing through a war damaged landscape and rows of trees, on the Armentieres-Bailleul Road, Armentieres, Lys Area, on the Western Front during the First World War.

Charles Bryant (1883-1937) began art lessons at the age of 9 and on leaving school worked as a clerk in the Bank of NSW. In 1908 he travelled to London and studied marine painting at St. Ives in Cornwall. In December 1917 Bryant was appointed an official war artist attached to the Second Division AIF, working in France. His work included paintings of the embarkation and disembarkation of troops at ports in France. His commission was terminated in December 1918 and he returned to Australia in 1921 where he undertook further work for the Australian War Records Service. In 1923 he was commissioned by the War Memorial to paint a series of works in connection with the occupation of German New Guinea by Australia troops. He worked in Rabaul from September - November 1923 and continued to work on this commission intermittently until 1926.

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