ID number ART30090
Title Camouflaged artillery
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Herbert, Harold
Place made Syria
Date made 1941
Medium watercolour over pencil heightened with white on paper
Measurement overall: 34.8 x 54.4 cm


Depicts a 25 pounder gun camouflaged outside of Damour, Syria (now in Lebanon). Produced during the Syrian campaign and painted in July 1941. The artist wrote of the work 'Camouflaged artillery - Units of the Royal Navy and Field Artillery preparing to shell Damour a day or two prior to the armistice. The artillery is in a camouflaged position among sycamore-figs and prickly pears.' The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.