Will DYSON, One of the old platoon. Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1


Alfredton, Victoria, Australia 1880 – London, England 1938

  • England1909-25
  • Australia 1925-30
  • England from 1930

One of the old platoon. 1917 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper lithograph, printed in colour inks, from two stones (black and green) Support: smooth soft cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: signed lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'Will Dyson'. not dated.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 55.5 h x 44.8 w cm sheet (irregular) 77.5 h x 51.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Australian War Memorial 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.133
Subject: War: first world war, 1914-1918 France
  • Gift to the Australian National Gallery, from the Australian War Memorial, Canberra,1989.

Will Dyson made hundreds of drawings showing the day-to-day hardships and deprivations on the Western Front, and the 'heroism of endurance' of the Australian soldiers. It was Dyson's genius that in his drawings he was able to express his profound admiration and sympathy for the men without in any way glorifying the war itself.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra