Ruins of clock hall, Ypres, France; Christmas 1917

Nugent Welch, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in France in 1917.
Image: H360 x W254mm
watercolour on paper, (previously set down on board)
'In March 1916 Nugent Welch enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and served as a sniper with the 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, on the Western Front. He completed a number of sketches and paintings for “Chronicles of NZEF” and “New Zealand at the Front.” In October 1917 he was promoted to lance corporal, and in April 1918 he was appointed divisional war artist to the New Zealand Division with the temporary rank of sergeant.
He completed a number of oils and a large number of watercolours during this period, through to his discharge from the NZEF in May 1919. His landscapes, which often featured ruined buildings and seldom included people, portrayed the desolate aftermath of battle.'
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1984.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Nov 1984


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