|Measurement||sheet: 40.6 x 56 cm (irreg.); image: 36.2 x 54 cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||watercolour and gouache with charcoal on paper|
Fullwood, A Henry
|Place made||France: Picardie, Somme, Saint-Gratien|
|Date made||June 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Water point at St Gratien
Depicts a group of soldiers watering officers' horses at the watering point outside St Gratien in the foreground. In the middle distance the Albert-Amiens road is visible, and in the far distance there are explosions, shelling and smoke rising from the towns of Querrieu and, in the distance, Villers-Bretonneux.
Albert Henry Fullwood was born in Birmingham, England in March 1863. In 1883 he sailed to Australia and began work as a lithographic draughtsman , working on the staff of illustrated journals such as 'Australian Town and Country Journal' and the 'Bulletin'. In 1900 he went to the United States, then to London, as an expatriate artist where he worked as a freelance illustrator, receiving commissions from newspapers and journals, including the London 'Graphic' and designing postcards. From April 1915 until November 1917 Fullwood served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as an orderly at the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth in the company of fellow artists Coates, Roberts and Streeton. He was subsequently appointed an official war artist , attached to the 5th Division AIF, working in France between May and August 1918 and from December 1918 to January 1919. His major contribution as a war artist was to record aspects of the war which others may not have noticed or taken for granted. His works have a narrative element and captured Australian soldiers in 'straightforwardly picturesque views of their environment'. Fullwood returned to Australia in 1920 after his commission had been terminated and became a foundation member of the Australian Painter Etcher's Society in 1920 and the Australian Watercolour Institute in 1924. He died from pneumonia in October 1930.