A voice from Anzac

Unit Australian Imperial Force
Places
Accession Number ART19662
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 63.2 x 50.2 cm; image: 60.4 x 48.7 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description brush and ink, pencil, white gouache on paper
Maker Dyson, Will
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1927
Conflict Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Depicts two ghostly figures of soldiers seated on a rock in front of Anzac Beach at Gallipoli. The soldier hold their rifles and look wistfully and melancholically out towards the viewer. They are bathed in a glowing light. One thousand copies of this work were produced to present to the Victorian Branch of the Returned Soldiers' League for distribution to ex-soldiers requesting reproductions during the 1920s. The work was also reproduced in the Melbourne 'Herald' on 25 April 1927. Will Dyson was the first Australian official war artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He was formally appointed as an official war artist, attached to the AIF, in May 1917, working in France and London throughout the war. His commission was terminated in March 1920.