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Arthur Streeton

Australia, England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943


Arthur Streeton was appointed an official war artist by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in May 1918. He arrived in France shortly after his appointment and was sent to a training school at Boulogne where he was taught how to use a gas mask.

Streeton was employed to produce at least 25 drawings and watercolours, and one large painting of a battle scene or other Australian Imperial Force involvement. In just over six months he was prolific, producing numerous drawings and watercolour studies on site, and completed works in his studio in London.

This picture depicts troops marching in the centre of Boulogne. Although many of Streeton’s war paintings concentrated on the landscape, this picture represents the machinery of war, both human and mechanical.


Place where the work was made

London England



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


91.8 x 153.0 cm board; 133.7 x 196.1 x 12.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "A STREETON/ 1918 -".


Gift of the artist 1926

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Streeton

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, 'The Heidelberg school 1885-96', pg. 53-73, Melbourne, 1970, 65.

John Olsen, Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], 'Sir Arthur Streeton', pg. 161-165, Sydney, Nov 1963, 164 (illus.), 165.

Arthur Streeton memorial exhibition, Adelaide, 1944. 6

Streeton memorial exhibition souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1945. 34

Catalogue of the final exhibition of Arthur Streeton's pictures, Sydney, 1920. 35

Arthur Streeton: the art of war, Canberra, 2017-2018, 23, 48, 109, 166 (colour illus.), 167, 180. 45

The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935, 132. 117

Argus, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 17.

Age, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 13.

Herald, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 8.

The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 2), 'War', pg. 45-70, Sydney, 1934, 69.

The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, illus.. plate no. LVI

Arthur Streeton, 1867-1943, ''The centre of the Empire' Overseas 1897-1920', pg. 131-160, South Yarra, 1995, 156, 157 (colour illus.). 67