To the summit of Mont Saint Quentin from Albert side

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Mont St Quentin
Accession Number ART28846
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall (sight): 12.6 cm x 19.7 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil, pen and ink with brush and wash on paper
Maker Wilson, Eric
Place made France
Date made 1939
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

A landscape drawing of the road leading to the summit of Mont Saint-Quentin in northern France. During the First World War it was the site of a battle between the German and Allied forces, including the Australian 2nd Division. Following the German surrender, a memorial to the Australian troops was erected in the area.

After being awarded a Travelling Art scholarship in 1937, Eric Wilson studied in Europe for several years. In 1939, in the months preceding the beginning of the Second World War, he travelled to northern France and spent time in the Somme region. During the First World War, this region had been the site of the Battle of Mont St. Quentin, between the Australian 2nd Division and German forces, and was a strategic victory for Australia and the Allies. Many of Wilson's sketches from the area feature overgrown trenches, abandoned weapons and the Australian Memorial, there to commemorate the battles fought there.