El Arish, Sinai Peninsula
ID numberART03019
Collection typeArt
TitleEl Arish, Sinai Peninsula
Measurementframed: 65.2 x 75.9 x 6.9 cm; unframed: 50.5 x 61.2 x 1.4 cm
Object typePainting
MakerLongstaff, Will
Place madeUnited Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made1918-1919
Physical descriptionoil on canvas
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionThe bleached arid landscape extends beyond the horizon where a dense city scape marks the viewers entry to El Arish, on the Sinai Peninsula. In late December 1916 troops from the ANZAC Mounted Division and the new Imperial Camel Corps Brigade occupied El Arish after it was abandoned by the Turks. Accessible by sea and soon by rail, it became a useful base for the British to launch their offensive into southern Palestine.