Rue de la Gare (Station Street)

Accession Number ART19597
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 63.1 x 48 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pastel, gouache, pen and black ink, pencil on grey card
Maker Rae, Iso
Place made France: Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais
Date made January 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The perspective of this drawing is from an upstairs window of the house in which Iso Rae lived with her sister and mother close to the railway station on the edge of the Etaples Army Base Camp. Tents in the Australian Camp can be seen in the background. Rae has depicted various nationalities: French officers and soldiers, New Zealanders, members of the Scottish regiment, and two figures in hospital blues. A small group of Australians can be seen lounging against the wall of the Terminus Cafe on the left. An ambulance is drawn up ready to collect patients from the trains to be taken to one of the Etaples General Hospitals, or onto trains to the coast and from there to England. The feeling that this is a large and busy army camp can be determined by the view which shows the outskirts of the town and the beginning of the camp. The railway lines connecting Etaples to the rest of France can be seen at the end of the street.