Vaulx 1918

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Bapaume Cambrai Area, Vaulx
Accession Number ART19546
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 33.8 x 51 cm; image: 24 x 41.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink over pencil on canvas on paper
Maker Stewart, James Warren
Place made Australia
Date made unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright unknown


Depicts a ruined building, quite possibly at a railway station. Debris litters the ground surrounding the building. The Somme area sustained heavy damage during the First World War as it was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting. Vaulx was located on the Franco-Belgian border and occupied by the Germans who purposely destroyed the buildings in the village during their retreat. The village was later made the battle headquarters of the 7th Infantry Brigade in the capture of Lagnicourt on 25 March 1917. This is one of 5 pen and ink reproductions of original pencil drawings by Sapper James Warren Stewart from his sketchbook. Whereabouts of the original sketchbook is unknown.