ID numberART30058
Collection typeArt
TitleAnywhere along the coast road
Measurementoverall: 36.6 x 52.4 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeSyria
Date made1941
Physical descriptionwatercolour over pencil heightened with white on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts two graves, which are designated by small white crosses in the shadow of three poplar trees. In the background lies a town which has a mosque. This is part of his Syrian series painted in 1941. The title refers to the common sight of fresh graves by the roadside as the conflict dragged on. Herbert wrote of that the graves were 'very near or not for from the road' and extended all the way to Damascus. The painting has a rushed quality and was probably executed very quickly. The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.