Mont St Quentin – James F Scott, 26 September, 1918.
Depicts trenches on Mont St Quentin taken by soldiers of the AIF from German troops, with the town and river in middle distance. The location is near the Hindenburg Line, Western Front. James F Scott’s (1877-1932) official war art is particularly informative, both due to his experiences as a soldier who had seen active service in the First World War, and also because of his physical proximity to key battles. He was selected from the ranks of soldiers in May 1918 to work as an artist with the Australian War Records Section and was able to quickly interpret and record crucial moments in Australian military history. He reportedly produced Mont St. Quentin one hour after the hill was taken by the 2nd Australian Division, and portrayed Bayonvillers three days into the offensive. Enlisting in the 50th Battalion, AIF in May 1916, he served in France and later sustained injuries to his hand and neck in September 1916 at Zonnebeke.