At the Casualty Clearing Station

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Accession Number ART02336
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 40.2 x 53 cm (irreg.); image: 40.2 x 53 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description charcoal and pencil on paper
Place made France
Date made 1917
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 an officer seated at a table, his chin resting on his folded hands. Behind him is room full of wounded soldiers, some lying down, others seated and resting. Dyson noted that this work depicted 'slightly wounded awaiting evacuation at Casualty Clearing Station after opening of Passchendale Offensive, September 1917', the first Australian attack near Ypres. 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.