In the trenches

Accession Number ART94646
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 24.2 x 36.8 cm; Image: 24.2 x 36.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker Waller, Napier
Date made c. 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Depicts Australian soldiers during a lull in the fighting. A soldier enjoys a cigarette while an Enfield 303 rifle rests upon the parapet of the trench, awaiting action. Mervyn Napier Waller captured an Australian soldier's experience of the Western Front in a number of sensitively realised watercolour sketches. Without heroicism or theatricality, these works document the action that preceeded the historic retirement of the German forces from the Somme in 1917, and the part played therein by the Australian Artillery.