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ID number ART03307
Title Shell pack horses in the mud
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Power, H Septimus (Artist)
Places made
  • Belgium
  • Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Passchendaele Area, Zonnebeke
Date made 1917
Medium oil on canvas on cardboard
Measurement framed: 56 x 66.8 cm; unframed: 40.3 x 50.7 cm


Two horses from the 1st Australian Division Ordnance units, one led, one ridden, struggling through mud, each horse carrying eight shells for 18 pounder field guns, shells in canvas holders at Zonnebeke in Belgium. Zonnebeke in Belgium was the scene of the most ferocious fighting of the First World War. The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one of the major battles fought by British, ANZAC and Canadian soldiers against the German army. The title for this work is from a hand written list by Power of works for exhibition No 2. H S Power was an official war artist attached to 1st Division AIF from 4 September 1917 to 31 March 1920. He was in France between September and December 1917 and again in August 1918. He was commissioned to produce work for the Australian Memorial until 1938.