Preparing the brazier

Accession Number ART02297.004
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 78.2 x 52 cm; image: 50.4 x 39.3 cm
Object type Print
Physical description lithograph on paper
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian official war artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He was formally appointed as an official war artist, attached to the AIF, in May 1917, working in France and London throughout the war. His commission was terminated in March 1920.