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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorHutchison, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:12:08Z
dc.identifier.issn1031-461X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/63982
dc.description.abstractThe 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 memory - Charles Bean and John Treloar privileged veterans ' memories over artists' interpretations of the conflict. It argues that in the process of memory making aesthetics mattered less than portraying the war in a way acceptable to the men who had experienced it.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Historical Studies
dc.title'Accurate to the Point of Mania': Eyewitness Testimony and Memory Making in Australia's Official Paintings of the First World War
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume46
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8205243xPUB872
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHutchison, Margaret, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage27
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage44
local.identifier.doi10.1080/1031461X.2014.996574
local.identifier.absseo950503 - Understanding Australia's Past
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T09:27:12Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84923884225
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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