An image of The chocolate joint

Napier Waller

(Australia 19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972)

The chocolate joint

Other titles:
Chocolate joint, Albert
Not on display
Further information

The peasant, especially the old men and women, cling to the desolated villages in Northern France, and eke out a precarious living by selling a few cheap cigarettes and chocolates to the soldiers, who are continually passing to and from the firing line. In this picture we see an 'Aussie', evidently disputing about the retail price of chocolates.
Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918

In 1918, following his return to Australia - and drawing with his left hand - Waller embarked on a series of large compositions taken directly from sketches he made on the battlefields. While the desolation of the ruined towns was often the subject of his drawings, Waller's humour and pathos emphasised the human and emotional side of military and civilian life during the conflict.

(circa 1918)
pen and black ink, wash, watercolour on paper
38.4 x 29.5 cm image/sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r.corner, pen and black ink "WNapier Waller...".

Purchased 1918
Accession number
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate