The Homecoming

The Homecoming

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Charcoal, oil, pastel, and watercolor drawing on paper of a French soldier returning to his war-torn home. The scene shows a French solider dressed in a blue uniform with a blue steel helmet leaning on his rifle (probably a Berthier Model 1916 Infantry Rifle or a Lebel Model 1886) with bayonet attached. An American soldier in uniform is standing behind the French soldier. The men are standing in the doorway of the French soldier's house which has recently been occupied by the retreating German Army. The house is in ruins with vases, chairs, a clock, and other objects scattered on the floor. One door has been partially shattered and the other has been torn from its hinges and is propped against the wall. Signed at the bottom left by the artist, "Harvey Dunn, AEF"
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Object Name
date made
ca 1918
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
Dunn, Harvey Thomas
Dunn, Harvey Thomas
place made
Physical Description
pastel (overall production method/technique)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
oil (overall production method/technique)
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
drawing with frame: 31 1/16 in x 22 1/8 in x 1/2 in; 78.89875 cm x 56.1975 cm x 1.27 cm
drawing without frame: 22 1/4 in x 15 1/16 in; 56.515 cm x 38.25875 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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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