Dora Ohlfsen as a nurse during the First World War with two wounded Italian soldiers
Italy joined the First World War on the side of the allies in 1916. Dora Ohlfsen wrote to an Australian niece around this time "in society there is nothing doing but first aid". She and her partner Elena von Kugelgen joined the many other women nursing with the Red Cross, first assisting during the Avezzano earthquake of 1915, which killed over 30,000 people. She also worked as a volunteer in the Italian Auxiliary Hospital opposite her studio, where there was a shortage of nurses. This photograph was probably taken there.
gelatin silver photograph
18.0 x 12.5 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Oct 2019–08 Mar 2020