Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Henencourt
Accession Number ART00766
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 96 x 67.2 cm; transport frame: 100.2 x 71.1 x 5.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on wood
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Henencourt
Date made c 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a caricature of a German officer; he is depicted as overweight, and wearing a helmet and greatcoat. The painting was 'removed from a house used as an Officer's Mess in Henencourt 1917', north west France. 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.