A Shell Dump, France

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  • Art.IWM ART 2273
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 1828 mm, Width 3175 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: A scene of men stacking artillery shells in a shell dump. The space is filled with men who stand in the form of a human chain passing the shells along the line to be stacked in a pile at the end.


When Roberts had finished working for the Canadian War Memorials Fund, he was commissioned by the British War Memorials Committee to complete this work. However, Roberts did not return to France but made preparatory sketches at Bramley Dump (IWM ART 1164 and 1889) and completed it once the war had ended. He explains this in a letter to Albert Yockney, Secretary to the Committee, in December 1918: 'I have arranged with Major Read to go to Bramley Dump near Reading on Wednesday. We have decided on Bramley because I shall be able to see some of the smaller types of shell there, some of which I wish to paint in my picture.' (IWM War Artists Archive: Cat. No. IWM WW1 277/6)

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Ministry of Information commission (Scheme 2). Commission administration transferred to Imperial War Museum

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