American Graves at Menil-la-Tour

American Graves at Menil-la-Tour

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Pencil and watercolor sketch on beige paper. The work depicts a cemetery with American graves at Ménil-la-Tour, France during World War I. There are several rows of graves, each marked with a cross. The graves have small mounds of earth in front of them and wreaths and American flags are sketched on most of the mounds. A barbed wire fence borders the cemetery in the left of the drawing.
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War Department
Smith, J. Andre
France: Grand Est, Ménil-la-Tour
Physical Description
pencil (overall production method/technique)
color painting materials (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
sketch with frame: 11 3/4 in x 15 15/16 in; 29.845 cm x 40.48125 cm
sketch without frame: 7 1/16 in x 13 1/2 in; 17.93875 cm x 34.29 cm
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Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
World War I Art
Combat Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My grandfather John B. Kane was in the Graves Registration Service in the Army, in his book he states this was the first American cemetery they marked out. He even states there was to be a flag with room for flowers in the center and it was planned to hold 500. We are currently working to have his book published.

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