Gassed refugees from Armentieres, Hazebrouck

Accession Number ART02339
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 37.9 x 44.3 cm; image: 37.9 x 41 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description charcoal and wash on blue 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 two French civilians, an elderly man and a young boy. The elderly man wears sabot (clogs) and his eyes are bandaged following a gas attack. He is seated on a bundle, with the young boy standing beside him. 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.