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Title

The enemy in sight

1916

Artist

Septimus Power

Australia

31 Dec 1878 - 03 Jan 1951

  • Details

    Date
    1916
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    148.0 x 224.5 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., "H. S. Power 1916".

    Credit
    Purchased 1916
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    667
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Septimus Power

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'The enemy in sight' was one of three paintings Septimus Power exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1916. Painted before he was commissioned as an official war artist, it is an imaginative construction that owes as much to the heroic narratives of the popular press and the image of the bushman–soldier as it does to Power's genuine affinity with horsemanship.

    The subject for one of the soldiers was Sergeant-Major BG Watts-Phillips of the 8th Light Horse Regiment, who was convalescing in London at the time. Adelaide's The Register said Watts-Phillips possessed 'not only a splendid type of manhood, but… the dramatic instinct'. Watts-Phillips assisted Power with wrangling the horses in his studio. Power worked on the picture for three months before Watts-Phillips returned to the front.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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