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ID number ART41019
Title Pozieres
Collection Art
Object type Diorama
  • Lynch, Frank (Artist)
  • McCubbin, Louis (Artist)
  • Bowles, Leslie (Cast by)
  • Gregory, E J (Cast by)
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1928-1929
Medium figures: dry colour on composite lead; background: synthetic polymer paint on fibreglass reinforced polyester resin; modelling: synthetic polymer paint, wire, wood and plaster over wood and wire
Measurement Overall: 360 x 458 x 457 cm
On display Main building: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1916


This diorama depicts events from the summer of 1916 when the Australians captured the crest of the Somme-Ancre ridge beyond Pozieres. The terrific bombardments laid down by both sides in this fighting pulverised the countryside, obliterating trenches and burying the troops in the debris. In this diorama the viewer is shown the remnant of an Australian Lewis gun crew upon the crest of the ridge, as it awaits the German counter-stroke. Louis McCubbin painted the original figures (in 1938), background and modelling (in 1936). The background was repainted by Murray Griffin in 1971.