German prisoners on road construction work

Accession Number ART02412
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 52.4 x 42 cm; image: 52.4 x 42 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description crayon, brush and ink on paper
Place made France
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts the figures of three German prisoners of war, wearing heavy boots, working on road making on the Somme in December 1916. One holds a broom in his hand while the other carries a spade. They stand in front of a wrecked building, appearing in the background of the scene. 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.

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