Entrance to Dugout, Neufmaison

Mixed media sketch on paper. The subject of this drawing is a camouflaged dugout. Three soldiers are in the background surrounded by trees. An original label on the drawing read, "I am told that this dugout is large enough to shelter an entire battalion. This is one of 6 or 7 entrances, the others being located on the top of the hill and leading into the dugout by a series of steps extending well below the surface of the ground. These entrances as well as the surface of the raw earth have been carefully covered with camouflage netting." Dugouts such as these were a regular feature of the landscape during the trench warfare of World War I.
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Object Name
date made
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War Department
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
charcoal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 9 1/8 in x 12 in; 23.114 cm x 30.48 cm
sketch: 9 1/8 in x 11 1/2 in; 23.114 cm x 29.21 cm
Place Made
Europe: France
ID Number
catalog 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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