The Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 1917

Accession Number ART02811
Collection type Art
Title The Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 1917
Measurement framed: 139.5 x 261.7 cm x 10 cm
Object types Painting
Maker Lambert, George
Date made 1920
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

Late on 31 October 1917 the 4th Light Horse Brigade was ordered to gallop towards Beersheba and seize the town. Two regiments, the 4th and the 12th, made the charge. This bold and successful move was one of the last major cavalry charges in history. Lambert's work depicts the impact of men and horses on the Turkish troops and trenches. A tangled mass of horses and soldiers is shown against a backdrop of barren and undulating landscape. The buildings of the town are just visible on the horizon at left.