An image of Near Ailly

Weaver Hawkins

(United Kingdom, Australia 28 Aug 1893 – 13 Aug 1977)

Near Ailly

Not on display
Further information

This watercolour is from a series of three which the artist did of the French countryside behind the Front in March and May of 1916. Before the battle of the Somme, Weaver Hawkins’ regiment was mobilised in this countryside. He completed these watercolours using the small palette that his mother had sent him. They give no hint of the trench warfare that was raging nearby. Artist William Orpen was also impressed by this countryside during the summer of 1916: ‘No words could express the beauty of it’, the vivid floral colours and ‘the whole air…thick with white butterflies…everything shimmered in the heat…it was an enchanted land.’

Place of origin
Ailly, Eure, France
Mar 1916
watercolour on cream paper
15.4 x 11.5 cm
Signature & date

Signed with monogram and dated l.l corner on the reverse, pencil "HWH March 16".

National Art Archive. Gift of Rene Hawkins 1996
Accession number
© Estate of HF Weaver Hawkins