Ruined church in Belgium

Place Europe: Belgium, Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres
Accession Number ART19547
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 34 x 53 cm; image: 23.8 x 44 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink over pencil on canvas
Maker Stewart, James Warren
Place made Australia
Date made unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright unknown


Depicts the ruins of a church in Ypres. The town sustained heavy damage due to the intense fighting that took place there during the First World War. Captured by the Germans early during the war in1914, Ypres endured three major battles over the next few years, in which possession of the town changed hands between the Allies and the Germans. The most devestating for the town was the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 (3rd Battle of Ypres), which obliterated the town through heavy artillery fire. 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.