Courtyard, 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia

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Accession Number ART02817
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 54.4 x 41.7 cm; unframed: 45 x 32.3 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil with pencil on wood panel
Maker Lambert, George
Place made Egypt: Cairo, Abbassia
Date made 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Depicts a two-storey yellow rendered building with green shuttered windows and a balcony of Moorish design. Men in standard convalescent dress of blue trousers, white shirts and red ties (and the pencil outline of a nurse) stand on the outside green staircase, and another two men gather under the trees below. The Egyptian Army Barracks at Abbassia (on the outskirts of Cairo) were used as an Australian hospital from August 1915 until 1919. As well as war injuries, there were a number of diseases associated with the region, particularly malaria, dysentery and pneumonia, which kept the hospitals overworked throughout the Sinai and Palestine campaigns (Butler).