Watching the barrage from Mount Kemmel

Accession Number ART02278.001
Collection type Art
Measurement mount: 55.8 x 70.8 cm; image: 38.2 x 52.6 cm
Object type Print
Physical description lithograph on paper mounted on card
Maker Vincent, Day, Brooks and Sons
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 a group of spectators, including Australian, New Zealand and British officers, on Mount Kemmel, a few miles from Ypres, watching an artillery barrage at night. The sky is lit up by German flares. This barrage was part of the week's long barrage preceding the Third Battle of Ypres. Among the spectators is Dr Charles Bean, who later became the Official Historian of the Australian War Memorial. 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.