ID number ART02919
Title [Cargo for Blighty]
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Leist, Fred (Artist)
Places made
  • Belgium
  • France
Date made 1917
Medium oil on artist board
Measurement framed: 40 x 50 cm; unframed: 30.4 x 40.4 cm


Depicts nurses at work aboard a hospital barge on a canal. The barges were manned by British Army Medical Corps orderlies and Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service nurses (QAIMNS, QAs). The converted barges, which were painted grey and draped with Red Cross flags, were used for conveying sick and wounded soldiers from the Western Front.

Fred 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.