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ID number ART41023
Title Ypres
Collection Art
Object type Diorama
  • Anderson, Wallace (Artist)
  • McCubbin, Louis (Artist)
  • Modelling Sub-section, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne (Cast by)
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1922 -1923
Medium figure: painted composite lead; background: synthetic polymer paint on fibreglass; modelling: plaster over wood and wire with wood, branches, metal and paint
Measurement Overall: 400 cm x 730 cm x 215 cm
On display Main building: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1917


This diorama shows the method for attacking German 'pillboxes', concrete strong-posts fortified with machine-guns. This work depicts a scene in the swamp of Nonne Boschen, east of Ypres, on 20 September 1917. Rifle-grenadiers and Lewis gunners attack the position from the front, while bayonet men and bombers envelop it from the flanks. The figures were cast in 1931 and the background painting was repainted by Murray Griffin in 1970.