ART30085

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ID number ART30085
Title Road into the town, Mersa Matruh
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Herbert, Harold (Artist)
Place made Egypt
Date made 1941
Medium watercolour over pencil heightened with gouache on paper
Measurement overall: 44.5 x 44 cm

Description

Depicts view of the road leading into the town of Mersa Matruh in the Western Desert, Egypt. Mersa Mutrah was a key port during the conflict, and was taken by German commander Rommel in 1942. Following their defeat, the British retreated to El Alamein. 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.