Wuremburg horrors

Place Europe: Germany
Accession Number ART02238
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 77.2 x 56 cm; image: 74 x 56 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description brush and ink, charcoal, pencil, white gouache on paper
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made c 1914-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

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.