The veteran who did not tell the truth about his age

Place Europe: France, Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Etaples
Accession Number ART02399
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 36.8 x 36.8 cm; image: 35.7 x 36.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description crayon and wash on paper
Place made France
Date made December 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts an elderly soldier, in uniform, in a tent sitting on box beside his camp bed. Will Dyson drew this image of a veteran at Etaples in December 1916. 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.