[Company awaiting relief]

Accession Number ART19603
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 49.8 x 32.9 cm; image: 49.8 x 32.9 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil, pen and ink, charcoal on buff paper
Place made France, France: Picardie, Somme, Corbie Albert Area, Ville-sur-Ancre
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts the 2nd Division, 22nd Battalion, a group of soldiers, most standing, one sitting on rock near Ville-sur-Ancre. The company of soldiers, wearing helmets and carrying packs, await relief. 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.