The damaged plane, CCS at Vaux [Horses and ruined buildings] (verso)

Accession Number ART02279
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 47 x 60.9 cm; image: 31 x 58 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description crayon and pencil on paper
Place made France
Date made c 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


In 1916 artist Will Dyson travelled to the Western Front to capture the experience of Australian soldiers first hand. Here he records a damaged BE2e aircraft which has landed at a casualty clearing station (CCS) at Vaux-Vraucourt in France. These aircraft were used until mid 1917 in reconnaissance and artillery spotting roles.

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.