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ID number ART92142
Title Shell pack horses
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Power, H Septimus (Artist)
Place made France
Date made 1917
Medium oil on canvas board
Measurement framed: 56 x 66.8 cm; unframed: 40 x 50.6 cm


Depicts a soldier of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Division Train in uniform with a helmet, mounted on a horse in a war-torn landscape. To the left of him is another horse. The two horses are each loaded with 8 18-pounder shells carried in canvas shell carriers. One of the horses is being ridden and one is being led. H.Septimus Power was an official war artist attached to the First Division A.I.F. from September 1917 until March 1920. He was in France between September and December 1917 and again in August 1918. He then produced commissioned works for the Australian War Memorial until 1938. This is one of 5 Septimus Power paintings lent to the Australian Government for a long period to be displayed at Australia House in London. The work was not originally acquired under the official war art scheme, but was presented to the Commonwealth Government in 1960 by the residents of London, and from there to Australia, as part of the property of the Prime Minister's Department, before becoming part of the National Gallery of Australia's collections during the 1980s.