Art and Gallipoli

Soldiers made sketches and paintings from the moment they arrived at Gallipoli, and artists have continued to be inspired by the beautiful location, the horrors which went on there in 1915, and the contrast between the two. Here we present a small gallery of art, past and present.

 

 

 

 

 

Click on any image in the slide show to the right or the gallery below for a better quality version.

The evacuation of Suvla Bay. The burning of a million pounds worth of stores; last lighter coming away as dawn broke. 1915. A watercolour by Geoffrey S Allfree, 1889-1918

The evacuation of Suvla Bay. The burning of a million pounds worth of stores; last lighter coming away as dawn broke. 1915. A watercolour by Geoffrey S Allfree, 1889-1918 (Alexander Turnbull Library NZ A176003)

Big shells pitching in the water, May 8th 1915 by Herbert Hillier, a British sailor who was at Gallipoli. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 4312). More work by Hillier.

Big shells pitching in the water, May 8th 1915 by Herbert Hillier, a British sailor who was at Gallipoli. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 4312). More work by Hillier.

Wills Cigarette card Hot Trench Work c State Library of NSW, ML Safe 1145

Wills Cigarette card Hot Trench Work c State Library of NSW, ML Safe 1145. More Gallipoli cigarette cards.

The Morning After Leslie Hore, drawn after the Nek attack 30.6.1915 NSW Library PXE 702 13

The Morning After by Leslie Hore, drawn after the Nek attack 30.6.1915 NSW Library PXE 702 13

A sketch from an Australian soldier's diary, dated 25th April 1915. State Library of New South Wales pxe 704

A sketch from an Australian soldier’s diary, dated 25th April 1915. State Library of New South Wales pxe 704

British soldiers landing at Suvla Bay, 7th August 1915 by Norman Wilkinson. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2452). Click here for more paintings.

British soldiers landing at Suvla Bay, 7th August 1915 by Norman Wilkinson. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2452). Click here for more paintings.

Alexander Turnbull Library NZ A176003

To the memory of our hero comrade ‘Murphy’ (Simpson) killed May 1915, by Horace Moore Jones, 1918. Alexander Turnbull Library. Reference C-057-002

To the memory of our hero comrade ‘Murphy’ (Simpson) killed May 1915, by Horace Moore Jones, 1918. Alexander Turnbull Library. Reference C-057-002

British officers in a flooded bunker after the blizzard in Gallipoli in November 1915 by Lt. Norman Wimbush, an officer with the 14th Sikh regiment, from an album now owned by the 11th Mechanised Battalion, Indian Army. More information here.

British officers in a flooded bunker after the blizzard in Gallipoli in November 1915 by Lt. Norman Wimbush, an officer with the 14th Sikh regiment, from an album now owned by the 11th Mechanised Battalion, Indian Army. More information here.

A graphic novel based on the story of the 5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Gallipoli. PDF opens in new window (7mb).

A graphic novel based on the story of the 5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Gallipoli. PDF opens in new window (7mb). (c. Magic Torch Comics)

Gallipoli : a sketch of his trench at Gallipoli by Eric Duckworth, the soldier in whose memory the oak tree Holly pictured was planted.

Gallipoli : a sketch of his trench at Gallipoli by Eric Duckworth, the soldier in whose memory the Gallipoli Oak was planted. (Gallipoli Association)

Sikh soldiers moving kit from a flooded trench, November 1915, by Norman Wimbush, from an album kept by Indian Army. (c. 11th Mechanised battalion). More information here.

Sikh soldiers moving kit from a flooded trench, November 1915, by Norman Wimbush, from an album kept by Indian Army. (c. 11th Mechanised battalion). More information here.

'Boy Soldiers' by Sally Robinson (2015) won the 'Gallipoli Art Prize' run by the Gallipoli Club in Australia.

‘Boy Soldiers’ by Sally Robinson (2015) won the ‘Gallipoli Art Prize‘ (c. Gallipoli Memorial Club in Australia).

A sketch by Colonel A. O. N. Chichester B D3027 6 16 PRONI

A sketch by Colonel A. O. N. Chichester B D3027 6 16 PRONI