A shell swept road
|Title||A shell swept road|
|Artist||Power, H Septimus|
|Medium||watercolour and pencil on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 35.8 x 51.4 cm; image: 33.6 x 50.4 cm|
Depicts a team of six horses from the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Division Artillery pulling an 18-pounder gun with shell bursts nearby and ruined war-damaged buildings and landscape in the background. The horses are wearing standard 1912 pattern harnesses. This is one of 5 works 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 served in France from September until December 1917 and again in August 1918. He subsequently was commissioned by 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.