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The chocolate joint

(circa 1918)


Napier Waller


19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972

  • Details

    Other Title
    Chocolate joint, Albert
    (circa 1918)
    Media category
    Materials used
    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...".

    Purchased 1918
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    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'

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