Near Abbeville

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART92138
Collection type Art
Measurement sight: 27.6 x 42.6 cm; mount: 48.2 x 63.4 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper with pencil on paper
Maker Streeton, Arthur
Place made France
Date made 8 August 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a panoramic view of the rural landscape with trees, tents and open fields, observed by the artist while in France during the First World War. This work was displayed at Australia House in London. Streeton painted this work at Abbeville in north-western France (near Amiens). Streeton was an official war artist, attached to the 2nd Division, A.I.F. and worked in France from May to August and October to November 1918. In 1919 his appointment was terminated and in 1920 he returned to Melbourne. This work was not originally acquired under the official war artist's scheme, but housed at the Naval & Military Club in Melbourne during the 1930s and was lent to the War Memorial in 1937. It was later displayed at Australia House, London, during the 1960s, came back to Australia, where it became property of the Prime Minister's Department, before entering the National Gallery of Australia's collections during the 1980s.