ID number ART92144
Title Harness Cleaning
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Power, H Septimus (Artist)
Place made France
Date made 1917
Medium oil on canvas board
Measurement unframed: 30.4 x 40.4 cm


Depicts a group of Australian soldiers from the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Division, cleaning horse harness items near a temporary wooden shelter. Under the shelter are several horses. The soldiers are depicted in uniform with their sleeves rolled up, wearing hats as they clean the leather harnesses tied to the wooden poles of the sheltar. This work was one of 5 lent by the Australian Government for an exhibition at Australia House in London. H.Septimus Power was an official war artist, attached to the 1st 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 was subsequently commissioned to work for the Australian War Memorial until 1938. 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.