Village (Soppe-le-Bas) in German Alsace

Ink wash sketch on paper. The sketch shows a village street that is lined with timber frame buildings. American troops walk up and down the street and stand or sit among the buildings. Lining the street are poles that have painted textiles hanging from them--forming several rows of what look like banners; these served as camouflage to prevent German observation balloons from watching troop movements. At the far left of the sketch, there is a water spigot in the foreground.
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Object Name
date made
associated person
War Department
Peixotto, Ernest Clifford
Physical Description
ink (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 9 7/8 in x 13 7/8 in; 25.0825 cm x 35.2425 cm
Place Made
Europe: France
ID Number
AF*25897 [dup1]
catalog number
accession number
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
World War I Art
Combat Art
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
World War I Art
Combat Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Krass, Peter. Portrait of War: The U.S. Army’s First Combat Artists and the Doughboys’ Experience in WWI

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