Inside the Church at Badonviller

Inside the Church at Badonviller

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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."
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Object Name
date made
ca 1918
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associated person
War Department
Smith, J. Andre
France: Grand Est, Badonviller
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
pastel (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
overall: 19 in x 14 in; 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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
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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