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Near Ailly

March 1916


Weaver Hawkins

England, Australia

28 Aug 1893 – 13 Aug 1977

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ailly Eure France
    March 1916
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour on cream paper
    15.4 x 11.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed with monogram and dated l.l corner on the reverse, pencil "HWH March 16".

    National Art Archive. Gift of Rene Hawkins 1996
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of HF Weaver Hawkins

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  • About

    This watercolour is from a series of three which the artist did of the French countryside behind the Front in March and May of 1916. Before the battle of the Somme, Weaver Hawkins’ regiment was mobilised in this countryside. He completed these watercolours using the small palette that his mother had sent him. They give no hint of the trench warfare that was raging nearby. Artist William Orpen was also impressed by this countryside during the summer of 1916: ‘No words could express the beauty of it’, the vivid floral colours and ‘the whole air…thick with white butterflies…everything shimmered in the heat…it was an enchanted land.’

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