Reporting at the Battery

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART02277
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 55.5 x 47 cm; image: 53.8 x 45.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description charcoal, pencil and wash on paper
Place made France
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts two soldiers entering the tent of an Officer in Charge after returning from Forward Observation Post, reporting back to their battery. The Officer in Charge has been woken at night and sits upright in his bed, holding a candle in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. 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.

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