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Title

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

(1917)


Artist

Will Dyson

Australia

03 Sep 1880 - 21 Jan 1938


About

On 11 August 1917, Dyson travelled to Nieuport, Belgium, where he visited Australian soldiers tunnelling through sand dunes in order to destabilise a German post. In July the 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company suffered a significant loss when many of its members were captured following a German attack. With the tunnellers near Nieuport is one of two lithographs that resulted from Will Dyson's time in the region.

Dyson's scene suggests an unspoken, silent comradery among the figures, which has the effect of universalising the image to a degree, while simultaneously retaining the distinctly Australian nationalistic idea of mateship. Playing cards were issued with the aim of boosting morale and national pride. Dyson exemplifies in the five tunnellers, an unflinching perseverance.


Details


Other Titles

Australian tunnellers near Nieuport

With the 2nd Tunnellers: La Panne, 1917


Date

(1917)


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph, black ink on white laid Arnold paper


Dimensions

49.0 x 43.0 cm image; 65.6 x 52.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Will. Dyson". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the High Commissioner for Australia (London) 1919


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4855


Artist information

Will Dyson

Works in the collection

39


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Ross McMullin, Will Dyson: Australia's radical genius, 'Chapter 3: 'THE WAR HAS ALTERED HIM A LOT' Holocaust 1914-1918', Australia, 2006, 171, 172, (illus.) 173.