Hospital ships, Le Havre

Unit Hospital ships
Place Europe: France, Haute-Normandie, Seine Maritime, Le Havre
Accession Number ART00177
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 43.3 cm x 53.8 cm x 5.1 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas board
Maker Bryant, Charles
Place made France: Haute-Normandie, Seine Maritime, Le Havre
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Depicts camouflaged hospital ships, small sailing boats and people walking along a pier at the port of Le Havre in France during the First World War.

Charles Bryant (1883-1937) had some early art lessons before beginning his career 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 he was appointed as an Official War Artist, attached to the 2nd Division AIF working in France. His commission was terminated in December 1918 and he returned to Australia in 1921 where he undertook further work for Australian War Records. 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 Australian troops. From 1924 to 1930, Bryant ran a paint shop in Manly where he was a founder of the Manly Art Gallery in 1924. In 1925 he was commissioned to paint the United States fleet in Sydney Harbour for presentation to the President of the USA.