ID numberART03605.032
Collection typeArt
TitleSomme - March 1917
Measurementbacking sheet: 45.8 x 28.8 cm; image: 21.2 x 26.3 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerBenson, George
Place madeFrance: Picardie, Somme
Date madeMarch 1917
Physical descriptionwatercolour and pencil on paper
CopyrightAWM Licensed copyright
DescriptionWatercolour 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.