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The historic positions, Pope's, Quinn's, Courtney's, etc. Sketched from the Inner Line on the heights above Anzac Cove.

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  • Other Id

    2587 (Presto content ID)

    PD-2015-1 (Reference Number)

    ACQ-2015-56 (Acquisition number)

  • Department

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  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    The historic positions, Pope's, Quinn's, Courtney's, etc. Sketched from the Inner Line on the heights above Anzac Cove.
  • Primary Maker
  • Date
  • Signature/marks

    Sapper Moore-Jones. 1915

  • Physical Description

    340 mm. x 680 mm. (frame)

  • Level of Current Record
    Single Item
  • Media/Materials
    Watercolour on paper
  • Subject Category
  • Public Access Text

    The painting comes in the context of the sister of a late New Zealand soldier bidding one pound for it in an auction in memory of her brother. Though the auctioneer tried for further bids he had to settle saying, “All right! I’m going to knock it down to this lady for one pound and you’ll all be sorry, because this painter will be famous one day.”

    Oscar Dyson had served at Gallipoli, joining the Machine Gun Coy, Dardanelles on 12 July 1915. After the August Sari Bair offensive he went to a hospital in Alexandria, eventually leading to a return home for recovery. In May 1916 he was posted to the Western Front in Armentieres. He was killed in action on the Somme on 16 September 1916.

    Amy Grant named her son Oscar Grant after her brother and purchased the painting in memory of his service after moving to Auckland to be with her sisters (her husband had passed away). The painting has stayed in the family until its donation to Auckland War Memorial Museum.

  • Copyright
    No known copyright restrictions
  • Credit Line
    Gifted to Auckland War Memorial Museum by Oscar Grant in the year 2015.
  • Last Update
    06 Dec 2022

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