German Officer and lady with menu card

Accession Number ART11658
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 65.2 x 42 cm (irreg.); image: 59.5 x 42 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description brush and ink, pencil and wash on paper
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Bapaume
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a caricature of a German officer in his dress uniform, wearing a sash and leather boots standing behind a plump and buxom woman, who looks affectionately up towards him, while holding menu card and glasses. The caricature was drawn while Dyson was with the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance at Bapaume in May 1917. 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.