The peasant, especially the old men and women, cling to the desolated villages in Northern France, and eke out a precarious living by selling a few cheap cigarettes and chocolates to the soldiers, who are continually passing to and from the firing line. In this picture we see an 'Aussie', evidently disputing about the retail price of chocolates.
Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918
In 1918, following his return to Australia - and drawing with his left hand - Waller embarked on a series of large compositions taken directly from sketches he made on the battlefields. While the desolation of the ruined towns was often the subject of his drawings, Waller's humour and pathos emphasised the human and emotional side of military and civilian life during the conflict.
Chocolate joint, Albert
pen and black ink, wash, watercolour on paper
38.4 x 29.5 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r.corner, pen and black ink "WNapier Waller...".
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate
Shown in 1 exhibition
War sketches in black and white, watercolour and oil, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 03 Dec 1918 -–1918
Referenced in 1 publication
The Chaplain, War sketches on the Somme Front, 'Ex-Bombardier Waller and his war pictures', pg. 32-39, Melbourne, 1918, 16, 17 (illus.), 34. titled 'A Chocolate Joint, Albert'