Towards Lagnicourt

Accession Number ART09922
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 41 x 49.6 cm; image: 41 x 49.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description black crayon 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 soldier seated in a trench, wearing a steel helmet, while explosions can be seen on the horizon. Dyson noted that this scene was of 'communication trench in the neighbourhood of Lagnicourt'. 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.