|Place||Europe: France, Picardie, Aisne, Montbrehain|
|Measurement||sheet: 43.2 x 29.8 cm; image: 40.2 x 29.7 cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||black crayon and pencil on buff paper|
|Place made||France: Picardie, Aisne, Montbrehain|
|Date made||October 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Captain Wilkins operating a cinema machine, Hindenburg Line
Depicts Captain George Hubert Wilkins, official war photographer, viewed from behind, standing in a war damaged landscape behind a cinema camera, near the Hindenberg Line in France. Dyson noted that this drawing of Wilkins was sketched in a shell hole in the early morning of the day of the last Australian attack on the Hindenberg Line, which likely means 5 October 1918, the Battle of Montbrehain, the last infantry action of the AIF in the First World War.
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.