Reims La Cathedrale en 1912

Accession Number AWM2018.617.2
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 32.2 x 25cm; Plate: 21.8 x 15.8cm
Object type Print
Physical description etching on paper
Maker Mansard, Paul
Date made c. 1912
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright unknown


The Reims Cathedral, also known as Cathèdrale Notre-Dame de Reims, in the town of Reims in the northeastern region of France. The Reims Cathedral is depicted here before the outbreak of the First World War, in 1912. The cathedral was severely damaged by explosive shells during the First World War, with restoration efforts beginning in 1919.

Paul Mansard was a pseudonym of the French artist H. Dupont. The artist was also known by Marcel Augis. Paul Mansard produced a number of etchings of areas along the Western Front after battles had taken place.

Belle smith, who served as a nurse during the First World War, brought this print back to Australia from France.