First Australian artillery going into the 3rd Battle of Ypres
|Title||First Australian artillery going into the 3rd Battle of Ypres|
|Artist||Power, H Septimus|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Measurement||unframed: 51.2 x 92.0 x 1.7 cm; framed: 74.3 x 114.6 x 9.1 cm|
This work shows a team of six horses, three mounted and three led, struggling through thick mud pulling a heavy 18 pounder gun on the limber. Six other soldiers on foot are helping to haul the gun, all moving away from the viewer. Septimus Power has captured the dash, the urgency, the immediacy of guns being moved to give fire support on the battlefield. You can almost hear the sound of mud sucking on the hooves, the gasping of the horses, the slap of leather, and creaking of axles, and the shouts of men. And you can imagine the sounds of the great battle beyond and sense the danger towards which the gun team is headed.