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Title

Halloy

May 1916


Artist

Weaver Hawkins

United Kingdom, Australia

28 Aug 1893 - 13 Aug 1977


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.’


Details


Place where the work was made

Halloy Oise France


Date

May 1916


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on cream paper


Dimensions

15.4 x 11.5 cm


Signature & date

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


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of Rene Hawkins 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC117.17.3


Artist information

Weaver Hawkins

Works in the collection

73