|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|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Gassed refugees from Armentieres, Hazebrouck
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.