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Painting of Vimy Bridge, 1931

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 59/10

Scope and Contents

A framed print of a painting by William Longstaff 'presented to the Canadian Government by Capt. John Arthur Dewar, 1931'.


  • Creation: 1931


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Biographical / Historical

William Frederick Longstaff (1879-1953), artist, was born on 25 December 1879 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He attended Grenville College, Ballarat, and studied art at Ballarat School of Mines. During 1900-1901 he served with the South African Light Horse in the Boer War. After the war Longstaff continued his studies in Europe before returning to Australia to teach privately in Victoria. In 1915 he joined the Australian Imperial Force serving in Egypt. He was invalided to England in October 1917. During 1918 he received camouflage training and became a divisional artist. After the war Longstaff worked for the War Records Section, St John's Wood, London, producing material for a proposed Australian War Memorial. During the 1930s he settled with his family in Sussex. He died on 1 July 1953 at Littlehampton. Longstaff's best known work is 'Menin Gate at midnight' (1927).


1 photographic print(s) (1 print) : art work

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the collection is unknown.


This collection level description was created by RAS. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Longstaff in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, 'Dictionary of Australian biography', vol. 10, 1891-1939, Lat-Ner (Melbourne University Press, 1986), p. 142.


Longstaff, William Frederick, 1879-1953, artist

Finding aid date

2004-06-22 15:01:52+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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