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Company awaiting relief, the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre



Will Dyson


03 Sep 1880 – 21 Jan 1938

  • Details

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    Awaiting relief. The caterpillar Ville sur Ancre, 1918
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    Materials used
    lithograph, black ink on white laid Arnold paper
    57.3 x 46.4 cm image; 65.4 x 52.3 cm sheet
    Signature & date

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

    Gift of the High Commissioner for Australia (London) 1919
    Not on display
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    Will Dyson

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  • About

    Will Dyson – together with official photographer Captain George Hubert Wilkins – inspected the French village of Ville-sur-Ancre which had been captured on 19 May 1917 by the Australian Imperial Force. Relating the initial drawing for this lithograph, Dyson wrote 'In the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre the day after passing through the village, while this drawing was being made Capt Wilkins had crept out of the Caterpillar and through crops at the top, drawing down, through the moving of the crops, a sustained burst of machine gun fire which lasted long enough for me to do this drawing'.

    Dyson depicts a number of uniformed soldiers resting on the roadside, wearing their British-issue Brodie pattern steel helmets. The sunken road is the 'Caterpillar' of the title.

    from the exhibition 'Mad through the darkness: Australian artists and the Great War', 2015

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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