[Japan and Australia brought together by the Pacific]

Accession Number ART50297
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 32.8 x 48.2 cm; image: 30.8 x 47.2 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description brush, pen and ink, pencil on paper
Place made Australia
Date made c 1921
Conflict Period 1920-1929

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a figure of a man, representing 'Australia', shaking hands with another figure of a man, representing 'Japan'. They both stand on the palms of the hands of a mythical creature, emerging from the ocean, with long hair and a long beard, labelled 'The Pacific'. 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.