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ID number ART02907
Title Ditched
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Leist, Fred (Artist)
Places made
  • Belgium
  • France
Date made 1917-1918
Medium watercolour over charcoal on paper; on cardboard
Measurement sheet: 38 x 47.7 cm (irreg.); image: 36 x 45.8 cm


Watercolour and charcoal sketch depicting a horsedrawn general service wagon with a broken wheel in a ditch beside a tree lined road. Two Australian soldiers are unloading the wagon onto another wagon that is situated in the background of the image. Frederick Leist was a painter, illustrator and teacher. He studied at the Sydney Art School and the Art School of New South Wales from c.1894-95. During the 1890s he worked as an illustrator for the 'Bulletin' and 'Sydney Mail' and trained as a furniture designer with the David Jones department store. In 1908 he went to England and became an artist with the London 'Graphic' while exhibiting his art work at the Royal Academy in 1911. He worked for the British War Office between 1915 and 1916 and worked for His Majesty's Stationary Office designing posters for First World War recruitment. Leist was appointed an official war artist in September 1917, attached to the 5th Division AIF and worked twice in France between September to December 1917 and from June to August 1918. His commission was terminated in 1920.