El Arish, Sinai Peninsula

Place Africa: Egypt, Frontier, Sinai
Accession Number ART03019
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 65.2 x 75.9 x 6.9 cm; unframed: 50.5 x 61.2 x 1.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Longstaff, Will
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1918-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The bleached arid landscape extends beyond the horizon where a dense cityscape marks the viewer's entry to El Arish, on the Sinai Peninsula. In late December 1916 troops from the ANZAC Mounted Division and the new Imperial Camel Corps Brigade occupied El Arish after it was abandoned by the Turks. Accessible by sea and soon by rail, it became a useful base for the British to launch their offensive into southern Palestine.

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