A street in Neuve Eglise

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Accession Number ART00159
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 28.4 x 39.8 cm (irreg.); image: 28.4 x 39.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper mounted on board
Maker Bryant, Charles
Place made Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Messines, Neuve Eglise
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Depicts a street scene with ruined and war damaged buildings at Neuve Eglise, on the Western Front in Belgium during the First World War. Charles Bryant (1883-1937) began art lessons at the age of 9 and on leaving school worked as a clerk in the Bank of NSW. In 1908 he travelled to London and studied marine painting at St. Ives in Cornwall. In December 1917 Bryant was appointed an official war artist attached to the Second Division AIF, working in France. His work included paintings of the embarkation and disembarkation of troops at ports in France. His commission was terminated in December 1918 and he returned to Australia in 1921 where he undertook further work for the Australian War Records Service. In 1923 he was commissioned by the War Memorial to paint a series of works in connection with the occupation of German New Guinea by Australia troops. He worked in Rabaul from September - November 1923 and continued to work on this commission intermittently until 1926.