Australia in the War

Accession Number ARTV07022
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 76.2 cm x 50.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description colour lithograph on paper
Maker Leist, Fred
Grafton Galleries
Printing Craft Ltd
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Lithographic poster advertising an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Australian artists called 'Australians in the War' which was held at Grafton Galleries, London in 1918. The work depicts four Australian soldiers relaxing in the trenches at the front. The exhibition included works by Bryant; Crozier; Lambert; Leist; Power and Quinn. It also included 136 photographs by Frank Hurley. Frederick Leist was a painter, illustrator and teacher. He studied at the Sydney Art School and the Art School of New South Wales from c.1894-95. During the 1890s he worked as an illustrator for the 'Bulletin' and 'Sydney Mail' and trained as a furniture designer with the David Jones department store. In 1908 he went to England and became an artist with the London 'Graphic' while exhibiting his art work at the Royal Academy in 1911. He worked for the British War Office between 1915 and 1916 and worked for His Majesty's Stationery Office designing posters for First World War recruitment. Leist was appointed an official war artist in September 1917, attached to the 5th Division AIF and worked twice in France between September to December 1917 and from June to August 1918. His commission was terminated in 1920.