Pry, Belgium

Accession Number ART02562.008
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 17.8 x 25.5 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour and ink on paper
Maker Gould, Charles Henry
Date made 17 December 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Depicts a bucolic scene of the village of Pry in Belgium. Behind the stone wall in the foreground are houses and the bare deciduous trees of winter. Some of the roofs are painted blue, others brown. Green pastures can be seen in the background and a road traverses the middle of the town. Charles Gould recounts: "When troops are on the move certain towns and villages are allotted to them as halting places for the night. An Advance party goes ahead and notes all the available spaces in houses and farms, these places have the number of men and their company or section chalked on the door and when the moving battalion the tired troops are all in their various billets in a few minutes. The cooks get the fires going in the travelling kitchens and other men get water and very soon a hot meal is served. Some of the villages have very good billets, nice people and pleasant surroundings, others are quite the reverse. Pry belonged to the former class and although we only spent one night there, we will always remember it."

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