|framed: 69 x 58 cm; unframed: 62 x 51 cm
|oil on canvas on wood
|United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
The Cook's Return ("Didn't I just make Paris sit up!")
Depicts the figure of a cook returning from a visit to Paris, talking to a group of seated soldiers, inside a tunnel or bunker. 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.