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ID number ART03019
Title El Arish, Sinai Peninsula
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Longstaff, Will (Artist)
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1918-1919
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement framed: 65.2 x 75.9 x 6.9 cm; unframed: 50.5 x 61.2 x 1.4 cm


The 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.