First Australian artillery going into the 3rd Battle of Ypres
ID numberART19842
Collection typeArt
TitleFirst Australian artillery going into the 3rd Battle of Ypres
Measurementunframed: 51.2 x 92.0 x 1.7 cm; framed: 74.3 x 114.6 x 9.1 cm
Object typePainting
MakerPower, H Septimus
Place madeUnited Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made1919
Physical descriptionoil on canvas
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionThis 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.

The Australian artillery was engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July–10 November 1917) from the earliest days of the campaign. Many Australian artillery batteries served in the line weeks before their infantry counterparts joined the battle in September.