ID number ART03605.032
Title Somme - March 1917
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George (Artist)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme
Date made March 1917
Medium watercolour and pencil on paper
Measurement backing sheet: 45.8 x 28.8 cm; image: 21.2 x 26.3 cm


Watercolour sketch from artist's sketchbook attached to scrapbook leaf, depicting the Somme battlefields, near Delville Wood. In the foreground is a large shell casing. A cross in the centre of the sketch marks out a grave plot in the undulating, war-ravaged terrain. War damaged and shell blasted trees scatter the landscape against a bleak sky. Delville Wood was the site of an intense battle between British and German troops during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the wood changing hands a number of times during that period.