|Measurement||sheet: 55.8 x 49.5 cm; image: 54.4 x 48 cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||brush and ink, charcoal on paper|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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German prisoners near Messines
Depicts a standing Australian soldier guarding two German soldiers seated on the ground. One of the seated soldiers wears a German Field Cap, while the soldier on the right has a bandaged head and hand. 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.