French Engineers Clearing Wreckage of Bridge Château-Thierry


Charcoal, gouache, and oil on paper. The work depicts a group of French engineers (in blue uniforms) clearing the wreckage of a bridge in Château-Thierry, France. A section of the bridge has entirely collapsed into the water. On the left, two American soldiers sit on an intact section of the bridge. The shell-torn buildings of the town line the far side of the water.

Date Made: 1918

Associated Person: War DepartmentArtist: Aylward, William James

Location: Currently not on view

Depicted: France: Hauts-de-France, Château-Thierry

Related Event: World War I


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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.25684ACatalog Number: 25684AAccession Number: 64592

Object Name: drawing

Physical Description: charcoal (overall production method/technique)gouache (overall production method/technique)oil (overall production method/technique)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 19 in x 22 3/8 in; 48.26 cm x 56.8325 cm


Record Id: nmah_445401

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