American Graves at Menil-la-Tour

Description
Pencil and watercolor sketch on beige paper. The work depicts a cemetery with American graves at Ménil-la-Tour, France during World War I. There are several rows of graves, each marked with a cross. The graves have small mounds of earth in front of them and wreaths and American flags are sketched on most of the mounds. A barbed wire fence borders the cemetery in the left of the drawing.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1918-06
associated date
1917-1918
associated person
War Department
artist
Smith, J. Andre
depicted
France: Lorraine, Ménil-la-Tour
Physical Description
pencil (overall production method/technique)
color painting materials (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
sketch with frame: 11 3/4 in x 15 15/16 in; 29.845 cm x 40.48125 cm
sketch without frame: 7 1/16 in x 13 1/2 in; 17.93875 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
AF.25914
catalog number
25914
accession number
64592
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
related event
World War I
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
World War I Art
Combat Art
Military
Art
Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

My grandfather John B. Kane was in the Graves Registration Service in the Army, in his book he states this was the first American cemetery they marked out. He even states there was to be a flag with room for flowers in the center and it was planned to hold 500. We are currently working to have his book published.

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