The Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 1917

Units
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine, Beersheba
Accession Number ART02811
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 139.5 x 261.7 cm x 10 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Sinai Palestine 1917
Maker Lambert, George
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Late on 31 October 1917 the 4th Light Horse Brigade was ordered to gallop towards Beersheba and seize the town. Two regiments, the 4th and the 12th, made the charge. This bold and successful move was one of the last major cavalry charges in history. Lambert's work depicts the impact of men and horses on the Turkish troops and trenches. A tangled mass of horses and soldiers is shown against a backdrop of barren and undulating landscape. The buildings of the town are just visible on the horizon at left.