|Measurement||sheet: 77.2 x 56 cm; image: 74 x 56 cm|
|Physical description||brush and ink, charcoal, pencil, white gouache on paper|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London|
|Date made||c 1914-1916|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Depicts a cartoon of a German military man, dressed in a long coat and cap, standing on the bow of a ship while a ship sinks beside him. The image is a comment on the all out submarine warfare announced on 31 January 1917 in which any British ships met were to be sunk by the German Navy. Dyson's distinctive, biting satire aimed at war and Kaiser Wilhelm prompted his works to be seen as epitomising the prevalent anti-German sentiment. 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.