The Last bit of the German trench on the Somme

Accession Number ART09921
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 25.4 x 41.1 cm; image: 24.6 x 41.1 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description black crayon and pencil on paper
Place made France
Date made c 1917-18
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a German trench with the remains of debris, shells and duckboards on the Somme. Dyson wrote that this scene was of 'the last bit of the German trench on the Somme, drawn immediately after the Germans were driven from it on the day of the capture of Bapaume'. 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.