With the guns at Lavieville

Accession Number ART02226.009
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 52 x 78 cm; image: 40 x 63 cm
Object type Print
Physical description lithograph on paper
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts two soldiers at rest with their ammunition, guns and a donkey at Lavieville, near Amiens, in north-western France. The gun is an 18-pounder and piles of shells rest in right fore- ground of the scene. The donkey has a sling over the saddle, enabling it to carry four shells on each side. 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.