Biography

Birth date: 27 October 1882
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Brixton
Death date: 03 August 1918
Death place: Middlesex, England
Final rank: Sapper
Service number: 16136 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 11th Field Company, Australian Engineers

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Date of Death: 03 August 1918
  • Unit: 11th Field Company, Australian Engineers

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Date of embarkation: 11 November 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Sapper
  • Unit: 11th Field Company, Australian Engineers

Collection Items

Art

Back in "Dear Old London"

Depicts a self portrait caricature in hospital pyjamas and walking stick in the grounds of Maudsley Hospital. Vasco appears to also be wearing a red silk tie, which according to articles about him was part of his usual garb. The work has been drawn on Australian Red Cross writing paper that was...

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Me and you

Depicts illustrations of 10 profile portraits of men, inscribed with nick-names.

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Round Bonney

Depicts numerous quick sketches of soldiers and french civilians, portraits and figures.

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[Soldier]

Depicts a profile portrait of an unidentified officer, exaggerated head and small body.

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4th General London Hospital

Ragtime sketches of various types of men and women that the artist viewed whilst visiting Denmark Hill, all wearing hats.

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[Untitled figure studies]

Sketches of various types of men and women that the artist viewed whilst visiting London, all wearing hats.

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Ruskin Park

Sketches of various types of people that the artist viewed whilst visiting Ruskin Park. Ruskin Park was named after John Ruskin and was situated near Maudsley Hospital, where Louis Vasco was recuperating in June/July of 1918 after being injured by shrapnel in France. He later died of complications...

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[Untitled figure studies]

Sketches of various soldiers in different poses.

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'Arry "The Ships Banjo King"

Caricature portrait of Pte Henry Saunders (6393), 18 Infantry Battalion, pictured here playing the banjo (his service number inscribed on the calf skin head). A speech bubble comes out of a smiling mouth with the words: "This is the life?". At his feet is a kangaroo with a rifle over its shoulder...

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"WALDE" [caricature of Lieutenant Walde Gerard Fisher]

Caricature portrait of Lieutenant Walde Gerard Fisher, 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion, pictured here with a white A frame tent numbered '606' and a soldier with the words 'LA LA LA LA' floating in the air above. Vasco was a British artist, who moved to Sydney, NSW, and drew postcards and...

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Don

Depicts a profile portrait of an unidentified officer, exaggerated head in relation to the body.

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Ancre

Depicts a view of a bridge over the Ancre River with trees on the river banks without foliage.

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Heraldry

Metal watercolour paint box with note : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular black enamelled steel paint box with a large amount of rust on the front and back. The back plate of the paint box has a metal ring attached. Inside, the paint box has a rectangular palette made up of twelve small rectangular paint carriers. On the left hand side of this there is a...

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Metal watercolour paint box with brushes : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular black enamelled steel paint box with a large amount of rust on the front and back. The back plate of the paint box has a metal ring attached. Inside, the paint box has a rectangular metal plate that covers the paint palette which is made up of twelve small rectangular paint carriers....

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Cotton bag : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Cream cotton bag with rust stains. '16136 VASCOE. L. / 11th F.C. ENGRS / R/S' has been writing on the front in ink.

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Paints contained in tobacco tin : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular shaped tobacco tin with aqua background and the text 'PLAYERS MEDIUM NAVY CUT' on the hinged lid. The contents of the tobacco tin is nine lead paint tubes and two rectangular paint holders containing paint. The paints all have a black coating from age and their labels are illegible.

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Coloured pencils contained in shaving stick holder : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Silver cylindrical shaving stick holder with lid. Embossed on the outside is the text 'SHAVING ERASMIC STICK'. 15 coloured pencils the majority of which have the branding 'Te FANTASTIQUE' are held in the cylinder. The colours include red, white orange, brown and yellow. There is one graphite...

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Shaving mirror : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Rectangular chrome-plated steel shaving mirror with an oval whole at the top. The mirror has rust patches on both sides.

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Cylindrical steel vessel with artists brushes and pencils : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers AIF

Cylindrical steel vessel with a bayonet attachment lid. The lid has been secured to the main vessel with a piece of twine. The base of the pencil case has the following embossed 'E J W III'. There are six black pencils; five of which read 'No 30 M C Marquise Pierre Noire No 2' . The sixth...

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Green box with artists materials : Sapper L Vasco, 11 Field Company Engineers, AIF

Rectangular wooden hinged box covered in green paper with brass clasp that is broken lined with red material. Inside is two sets of red supports with three stays. This box has been used for storing eleven pencils, two brush and pencil holders, an eraser and a double ended brush. There is also a...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1882-10-27
Date of embarkation 1916-11-11
Date of death 1918-08-03