Somme - March 1917

Accession Number ART03605.032
Collection type Art
Title Somme - March 1917
Measurement backing sheet: 45.8 x 28.8 cm; image: 21.2 x 26.3 cm
Object types Drawing
Maker Benson, George
Date made March 1917
Copyright AWM Licensed copyright

Watercolour sketch from artist's sketchbook attached to scrapbook leaf, depicting the Somme battlefields, near Delville Wood. In the foreground is a large shell casing. A cross in the centre of the sketch marks out a grave plot in the undulating, war-ravaged terrain. War damaged and shell blasted trees scatter the landscape against a bleak sky. Delville Wood was the site of an intense battle between British and German troops during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the wood changing hands a number of times during that period.