The signing of the Armistice brought victory for the allies but little sense of triumph, for there seemed too little to show for all the dreadful loss of life. Every Australian community had been affected by the war, and many had lost sons, husbands, fathers, and friends.
Australian artist Hilda Rix Nicholas experienced the tragedy of war firsthand; her husband, Major George Matson Nicholas, was killed in action only five weeks after they were married. According to the family, George had been stationed in the town of Étaples when he came across some works Hilda had made while living there in the years before the war. Captivated by what he had seen, George had sought her out at her studio in London, and the couple fell in love.
- Hilda drew this portrait of her new husband shortly after their wedding. What can you learn about George looking at this drawing? Examine his service record: what other information can you find out?