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Creator:
James McBey, 1883–1959, British
Title:

Français inconnus

Date:
1917
Medium:
Drypoint etching
Dimensions:
5 15/16 x 9 7/8in. (15.1 x 25.1cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, The G. Allen Smith Collection, transfer from the Yale University Art Gallery
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B1994.4.383
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
graveyard | landscape | military art | observation balloons | soldiers | trenches | war | world war | World War, 1914-1918
Associated Places:
France | Fricourt
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:23521
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James McBey went to France in January 1916. He obtained permission to spend his next 'leave' actually drawing at the Front and he produced a number of etchings of the battlefield. This print illustrates a graveyard of unknown French soldiers at Fricourt. Other French soldiers are resting in what was once a trench. Two observation balloons may be seen in the sky.
In 1917 McBey was appointed an Official War Artist and sent to the Near East with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, where he remained until 1919.

Gallery label for Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26)

Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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