ID numberART03605.034.003
Collection typeArt
TitleDelville Wood
Measurementbacking sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; sheet: 21.3 x 26.4 cm; image: 21.3 x 52.8 cm [fold-out]
Object typeDrawing
MakerBenson, George
Place madeFrance: Picardie, Somme
Date made6 March 1917
Physical descriptionpencil on paper
CopyrightAWM Licensed copyright
DescriptionLeft leaf of a double page sketch, depicting Delville Wood ravaged by the war. Barren, war damaged trees, muddy, undulating terrain littered with the refuse of war. In the foreground, the butt of a rifle sticks out of the ground and a wheel disengaged from a vehicle is wedged in the earth. Situated in the Somme region, Delville Wood is adjacent to the small village of Longueval and was the scene of intense fighting during the First World War, particularly during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. On the facing scrapbook page, Benson notes that the landscape was full of boots, bones and South Africans.