Major R. M. Smith, Fourth Infantry

Charcoal, sanguine, graphite, and crayon sketches on thick textured cream wove paper. The paper is oriented vertically and divided into three scenes - one on the bottom that occupies the width of the paper, and two, situated side by side, on top of the bottom one. The top left scene is a view of a shell-torn church and a soldier through an open doorway. The inscription at the top left of this scene reads "CHURCH AT NESLES." The top right sketch shows a stairway leading to the entry of a building. Soldiers are sitting on the stairway; a gate is at the right. The inscription at the top right of this sketch reads "4th Inf. 3 Div. TROOPS BILLETED p.t. HEURETE bise FARM July 1...[cut off]." The bottom sketch shows a man walking away from a shell torn building.
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Object Name
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War Department
Harding, George Matthews
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
crayon (overall production method/technique)
sanguine (overall production method/technique)
graphite (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 24 in x 17 15/16 in; 60.96 cm x 45.56125 cm
Place Made
Europe: France
ID Number
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Combat Art
World War I 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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