A Cell in the Monastery at Rangeval

A Cell in the Monastery at Rangeval

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Charcoal and watercolor color sketch on paper. This interior scene shows a room in a monastery in Rangeval, France. The cell holds many beds, two of which are occupied by American soldiers who are reading. Hanging clothes line the cracked plaster walls. Some sort of American flag is above one of the bunks.
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War Department
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
sketch with frame: 11 13/16 in x 15 1/16 in; 30.00375 cm x 38.25875 cm
sketch without frame: 9 5/16 in x 11 9/16 in; 23.65375 cm x 29.36875 cm
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War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
World War I Art
Combat Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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"An excerpt from a history of the Rhode Island National Guards Battery A, 103rd field artillery in France. "The route of the march led through Thil, Yignery, north of Chaumont, to the village of Blancheville, where it had originally been planned to pul the Battery in billets for rest and furlough. A short stop of two days was made in Blancheville, where the march was resumed. This time the route led through Neufchateau to Toul, the Battery finally ending its march at Rangeval, where the echelon was set up in a quaint old monastery. " This as my father's duty as part of Pershing's 26th Yankee Division. Quite interesting to see where he may have stayed..."

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