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Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART16156
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 32.8 x 20.7 cm; image: 32 x 20 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description black lithographic crayon on paper
Place made France
Date made c 1917-18
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a cartoon of a donkey stuck in a water filled shell hole, while shell bursts and explosions can be seen on the horizon. This was one of three sketches Dyson gave to machine-gun officer J. C. Dunningham as a thank you for collecting one of Dyson's works from the officers' mess at Henencourt. Dyson had created a caricature of a German on the wall of the mess and Charles Bean requested it for the Memorial's collection. Dunningham arranged for part of the wall to be removed so that the caricature could be preserved. Dyson gave Dunningham this drawing along with ART16155 and ART16157 and Duningham donated all three to the Memorial in 1962. The cartoon from Henencourt is ART00766.

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.

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