Looking towards the lines, Somme Valley

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme
Accession Number ART03058
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 36.6 x 37.8 cm; image: 36.6 x 37.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker McCubbin, Louis Frederick
Place made France: Picardie, Somme
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Watercolour sketch depicting a graveyard with the Somme Valley in the background and parachutes in the skyline. The two crosses in the left hand corner of the work mark the graves of two Australian soldiers; Lieutenant ODM Hassam and Private EJ Taylor.

Louis McCubbin enlisted with the 14th Battalion AIF in 1916, serving in France from November 1917 with the 10th Field Ambulance. He undertook a camouflage course and was appointed as an Official War Artist working as Officer in Charge of Camouflage for 3rd Division AIF in 1918. His appointment was terminated in 1920, in which year he returned to Australia and joined the staff of the Australian War Memorial to paint backgrounds for dioramas and to perform a variety of other duties. McCubbin remained in the position until 1930.