Inside the Church at Badonviller


A charcoal, pastel, and watercolor sketch on paper of American troops at a church at Badonviller, France. The church is most likely the Eglise Saint-Martin. Five American soldiers are standing in what used to be the interior of the church. The church has been damaged; battered wrought iron and other debris are lying exposed in the former aisle of the church. An inscription on the drawing reads "The church at Badonviller is situated on a rise of ground and on that edge of the village that is nearest the German lines. It has suffered from bombardment perhaps more than any other structure in the village. This drawing was made from the chancel and looking along the line of the main aisle and through the archway to the front entrance. The building is hopelessly beyond repair."

Date Made: ca 1918Associated Date: 1917-1918

Associated Person: War DepartmentArtist: Smith, J. Andre

Location: Currently not on view

Depicted: France: Grand Est, Badonviller

Subject: ChurchRelated 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


Exhibition Location:

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.25950Catalog Number: 25950Accession Number: 64592

Object Name: sketch

Physical Description: charcoal (overall production method/technique)pastel (overall production method/technique)paper (overall material)watercolor (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 19 in x 14 in; 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm


Record Id: nmah_445463

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.