With the 300th: On the Move

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 129
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  • Support: paper
  • Window Mount: board
  • medium: Watercolour
  • medium: ink
  • Support: Height 299 mm, Width 402 mm
  • Window Mount: Depth 3 mm, Height 511 mm, Width 686 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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Object description

Image: leading away to the distance is a road with a low house to the left and a canal running beside it. In the right middle distance there stands a substantial house surrounded by a park and trees. Moving away from the viewer along the road is a column of British Army transport followed by a motorcycle despatch rider. In the back of the rearmost vehicle a soldier leers at a woman standing near the low house. She has two small children in hand, and she smiles back at the soldier. To the right of the column, sitting on the canal bank a man, wearing an overcoat and bowler hat, sits fishing.


Original caption: Soldiers of the unit to which Captain Ardizzone was attached are seen travelling along a road by the side of a canal. On the right is a French angler who is intent on his sport and pays no attention to the passing troops, whereas the Frenchwoman on the left with her children is ready to exchange a joke with the British soldiers.

Physical description

Window mounted watercolour painting.

History note

commission 1940 (War Office Artist)


E.A. (signed)

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