Reve de poilu [A soldier's dream]

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART19885.011
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 17.7 x 12 cm; open: 17.7 x 23.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour, pen and ink, pen and brown ink , pencil on paper
Maker Rowe, E
Place made France
Date made 1917-18
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Depicts right side of double leaf composition. Full illustration depicts a French soldier asleep on the ground; curled up in the foetal position with a blanket and his rifle propped up on the fence behind him. An angel approaches from the sky above, holding a palm branch, signifying victory, and bearing the Croix de Guerre. The Croix de Guerre [Cross of War] is a military decoration of both France and Belgium and was also bestowed to foreign military forces allied to France and Belgium. The Croix de Guerre may either be bestowed as a unit award or to individuals who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with enemy forces. The soldier's dream is one of victory and of being awarded this prestigious medal.