German Dugouts, Montsec


Charcoal sketch on textured, off-white paper. The work depicts the interior of what was the dugout of a German commanding officer near Montsec, France during World War I. A wounded American soldier reads while sitting in a chair, with one leg raised and resting on a bench. Crutches lean against the bench. There are two labels on the cardboard under the sketch. The first is printed and reads: "GERMAN DUGOUTS, MONTSEC/BY E. PEIXOTTO/TRANSFERRED FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT/2989". The second is typed and reads: "This was the dugout of the commanding officer. The walls were covered with burlap and the furniture was carefully made of twisted boughs. The wouded [sic] officer belonged to the 1st Division, which took Montsec."

Date Made: ca 1918Associated Date: 1917-1918

Associated Person: War DepartmentArtist: Peixotto, Ernest Clifford

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced: France: Grand Est, Montsec

Subject: MedicineRelated Event: World War I


See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military, Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, Military, World War I Art, Art, Combat Art, Art


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Credit Line: War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.25831Catalog Number: 25831Accession Number: 64592

Object Name: sketch

Physical Description: charcoal (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 14 in x 22 in; 35.56 cm x 55.88 cmsketch: 11 in x 13 in; 27.94 cm x 33.02 cm


Record Id: nmah_445248

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