ID number ART03014
Title Canal, Somme Valley near Belloy sur Somme
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Longstaff, Will (Artist)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme
Date made 1918
Medium watercolour over pencil, heightened with white on paper
Measurement sheet: 37.9 x 60.8 cm (irreg.); image: 37.9 x 60.8 cm


Watercolour sketch depicting the canal near Belloy sur Somme. The canal is in the foreground with the Somme Valley in the background. Will Longstaff was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1879. From 1900 to 1901, he served with the South African Light Horse in the Boer War. Following his return to Victoria, he taught art privately with Leslie Wilkie at Eltham. He enlisted with the Remounts in October 1915 and served in the Middle East and France before being invalided to England in October 1917. While serving in Egypt, he made pictorial records of the ANZAC Mounted Division and the Desert Column. He then served in England with the B Sub-Depot, Westham. In 1918, he was trained in camouflage work in London with Frank Crozier, J. S. MacDonald and James Scott, and he was subsequently appointed as an Official War Artist working as officer in charge of camouflage for the 2nd Division AIF in France.