ART02918

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ID number ART02918
Title Interior, Dickebusch Church
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Leist, Fred
Place made Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Dickebusch
Date made 1917
Medium watercolour and charcoal on paper
Measurement sheet: 50 x 40.6 cm; image: 45.8 x 35.8 cm

Description

Watercolour and charcoal sketch depicting the wrecked interior of the Dickebusch Church. There is a gaping hole in roof, glass missing from windows, rubble on floor. There also appears to be two Australian soldiers in the right hand corner 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.