A Cell in the Monastery at Rangeval

Description
Charcoal and watercolor color sketch on paper. This interior scene shows a room in a monastery in Rangeval, France. The cell holds many beds, two of which are occupied by American soldiers who are reading. Hanging clothes line the cracked plaster walls. Some sort of American flag is above one of the bunks.
Location
Currently on loan
Object Name
sketch
date made
1918-05
associated date
1917-1918
associated person
War Department
artist
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
sketch with frame: 11 13/16 in x 15 1/16 in; 30.00375 cm x 38.25875 cm
sketch without frame: 9 5/16 in x 11 9/16 in; 23.65375 cm x 29.36875 cm
ID Number
AF*25909
catalog number
25909
accession number
64592
related event
World War I
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
World War I Art
Combat Art
Military
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Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"An excerpt from a history of the Rhode Island National Guards Battery A, 103rd field artillery in France. "The route of the march led through Thil, Yignery, north of Chaumont, to the village of Blancheville, where it had originally been planned to pul the Battery in billets for rest and furlough. A short stop of two days was made in Blancheville, where the march was resumed. This time the route led through Neufchateau to Toul, the Battery finally ending its march at Rangeval, where the echelon was set up in a quaint old monastery. " This as my father's duty as part of Pershing's 26th Yankee Division. Quite interesting to see where he may have stayed..."

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