The Sentry

Oil painting on canvas with a black frame of an American soldier looking out of a trench. The American soldier is wearing an olive drab uniform and a steel helmet with his gas mask hanging around his neck. He is standing with only his head and shoulders exposed. On the embankment in front of the soldier is an M1903 Springfield rifle with bayonet attached, a pair of binoculars, and six fragmentation grenades (Mk. I or II). There are patches of grass growing around the trench and the wooden supports of the trench wall can be seen behind the soldier. Barbed wire posts can be seen in the background at right, fading into the early morning light. Signed at bottom right by the artist, "Harvey Dunn 1918"
Currently on loan
date made
Dunn, Harvey Thomas
place made
Physical Description
oil (overall production method/technique)
canvas (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paper (overall material)
frame: 24 9/16 in x 29 9/16 in; 62.38875 cm x 75.08875 cm
unframed: 23 1/4 in x 28 1/4 in x 1 in; 59.055 cm x 71.755 cm x 2.54 cm
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Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
related event
World War I
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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