|Measurement||sheet: 38.4 x 56 cm; image: 33 x 52.4 cm|
|Physical description||charcoal and pencil on paper|
|Date made||c 1917|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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The garden at V... after Bapaume
Depicts a number of soldiers standing near cannons, in front of an old French building and trees. On 17 March 1917 Australian troops entered Bapaume and Dyson followed them closely, creating a number of sketches that documented the advancing Australians. He also spent some time at Bapaume with the Third Australian Field Ambulance. 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.