Lonely digger
ID numberART02494
Collection typeArt
TitleLonely digger
Measurementsheet: 39 x 50.4 cm (irreg.); image: 35 x 43.4 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerFullwood, A Henry
Place madeFrance: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Bussy
Date made1918
Physical descriptionwatercolour and gouache with charcoal on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionDepicts a soldier of the 5th Division sitting outside a tent in the encampment, smoking a pipe and writing a letter home. Outside the tent is a pole/stick with a knapsack and top hat hanging from it. Albert Henry Fullwood was born in Birmingham, England in March 1863. In 1883 he sailed to Australia and began work as a lithographic draughtsman , working on the staff of illustrated journals such as 'Australian Town and Country Journal' and the 'Bulletin'. In 1900 he went to the United States, then to London, as an expatriate artist where he worked as a freelance illustrator, receiving commissions from newspapers and journals, including the London 'Graphic' and designing postcards. From April 1915 until November 1917 Fullwood served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as an orderly at the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth in the company of fellow artists Coates, Roberts and Streeton. He was subsequently appointed an official war artist , attached to the 5th Division AIF, working in France between May and August 1918 and from December 1918 to January 1919. His major contribution as a war artist was to record aspects of the war which others may not have noticed or taken for granted. His works have a narrative element and captured Australian soldiers in 'straightforwardly picturesque views of their environment'. Fullwood returned to Australia in 1920 after his commission had been terminated and became a foundation member of the Australian Painter Etcher's Society in 1920 and the Australian Watercolour Institute in 1924. He died from pneumonia in October 1930.