German prisoners near Messines

Accession Number ART02214
Collection type Art
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
Place made France
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


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.