Pyramids
ID numberART30044
Collection typeArt
TitlePyramids
MeasurementOverall: 40 x 51.3 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeEgypt
Date made1941
Physical descriptionwatercolour over pencil heightened with white on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionDepicts the pyramids at Giza with the pyramids of Cheops [Khufu] in the foreground. Because Egypt was a protectorate of Britain until 1952, it was a major strategic base for the Allied forces during World War II. Herbert continues to place a shady tree in the foreground of his desert paintings; although it is close to Cairo, Giza is a relatively stark place. Painted as part of the Syrian Campaign series. The campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.