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'Accurate to the Point of Mania': Eyewitness Testimony and Memory Making in Australia's Official Paintings of the First World War

Hutchison, Margaret


The collection of official war art housed in the Australian War Memorial has played an important role in shaping a memory of the First World War for almost a century. This article explores the importance of eyewitness testimony in the production of war paintings for the Memorial's collection during the interwar years. Focusing on the repainting of official artist Harold Septimus Power's canvas Saving the Guns of Robecq, it explores the reasons why - in the inevitably contested construction of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Historical Studies
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2014.996574


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