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Title

From field dressing station to ambulance, Bullecourt


Artist

Napier Waller

Australia

19 Jun 1893 - 30 Mar 1972


About

'After the Hun's shell has fulfilled its frightful destiny, and the army medical attendant attached to the unit has done all he possibly can for his wounded comrade, the patient is placed on a stretcher, if he is unable to walk, and conveyed to the Field Dressing Station. He is then again attended to, the stretcher is placed on wheels, and he is taken to the ambulance on his way to the Casualty Clearing Station'.

Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918

This drawing is essentially a self-portrait projecting Waller's own horrific experience when he suffered life-changing injuries on 12 May 1917 during the 2nd Battle of Bullecourt, which claimed over 7000 Australian's lives.


Details


Other Title

To the Ambulance, Bullecourt


Date

(circa 1918)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen, brush and brown ink, watercolour, gouache on paper


Dimensions

48.0 x 31.9 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l., brown ink "M.Napier Waller". Dated l.r., brown ink "... May 12 17.".


Credit

Purchased 1918


Location

Not on display


Accession number

5714


Artist information

Napier Waller

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, M.Napier Waller 1893-1972, Sydney, 1977. cat.no. 9

Napier Waller, War sketches on the Somme Front, Melbourne, 1918, 70, 71 (illus.). titled 'To the Ambulance, Bullecourt'