American Soldiers

Very light ink wash and brush with touches of graphite. This interior scene is framed by the sloping roof of a loft. In the left foreground, a soldier sits on a cot holding his gun. A sword hangs on the wall in the right of the sketch. Two more soldiers can be seen through a doorway on the back wall of the loft. The sketch is done on beige wove paper mounted on beige card which is ruled in graphite. A label below the sketch, mounted on the card, reads: "AMERICAN SOLDIERS/Quartered in the loft of an old barn on the/outskirts of Chateau Thierry/BY W. J. DUNCAN/TRANSFERRED FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT/2847"
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War Department
Duncan, Walter Jack
Physical Description
ink wash (overall production method/technique)
graphite (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 5/8 in x 16 in; 29.5275 cm x 40.64 cm
sketch: 6 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in; 17.145 cm x 26.035 cm
France: Picardie, Château-Thierry
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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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