As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website and social media.

German Shelters Near Varennes

German Shelters Near Varennes

Usage conditions apply
Charcoal sketch on paper of German dugouts and shelters built on the side of a hill near Varennes, France. Shell-torn buildings are visible at the top of the hill at center. Railroad tracks run next to the hill at right. On the left at the top of a set of stairs is apparently a makeshift cemetery with several crosses for gravestones. People can be seen walking among the various shelters and dugouts on the hill.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
War Department
Peixotto, Ernest Clifford
Peixotto, Ernest Clifford
place made
France: Grand Est, Varennes-en-Argonne
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 16 1/2 in x 21 3/4 in; 41.91 cm x 55.245 cm
sketch: 15 1/2 in x 21 1/4 in; 39.37 cm x 53.975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
See more items in
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

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.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.