A Billet at Rangeval

A pencil, charcoal, and watercolor sketch on paper of a billet at Rangeval, France. The scene is of the top floor of a stable where the soldiers are quartered. Several soldiers are at the far end of the loft.
An original label for the sketch read, "This shows the hay loft of a huge stable. The men arrange their bunks in the straw and along the wall. The great shell hole in the roof (the result of former fighting) admits light and air and especially rain. But those men whose beds are exposed to the elements have stretched their ponchos tent-fashion and are enjoying a sort of inside-out existence."
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
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associated person
War Department
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
pencil (overall production method/technique)
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
sketch with frame: 14 1/4 in x 10 7/8 in; 36.195 cm x 27.6225 cm
sketch without frame: 10 3/4 in x 8 11/16 in; 27.305 cm x 22.06625 cm
Place Made
Europe: France
ID Number
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World War I Art
Combat Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
World War I
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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

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