Ruins of Albert Cathedral

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Albert
Accession Number ART03318
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 53.8 x 37.8 cm; image: 53.8 x 37.8 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description watercolour with charcoal on paper on board
Maker Power, H Septimus
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Albert
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This drawing shows the ruins of Albert Cathedral, with the statute of Mary hanging precariously at the top of the church. The Germans claimed that whoever made the statue fall from the church, would lose the war. Some time after, the Germans captured the town and used the church tower as an outpost. British artillery fired at the church because it was an outpost and a shell hit the Mary statue which fell from the church tower. The Germans were happy and believed the British would lose the war.