Wine of victory (German prisoners captured at Ypres)

Will Dyson1918

Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne, Australia

Compassionate studies of wounded German prisoners distinguish Dyson’s war art. Wine of Victory, depicting lines of broken German prisoners coming in without escort at Ypres, is perhaps the most famous on this theme. Ypres in Belgium bore witness to some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War and 17,000 AIF soldiers were killed during the Third Ypres Offensive (July– November 1917). Dyson knew personally of the horrors experienced by the soldiers on both sides and was wounded twice. His friend Charles Bean, the official correspondent, wrote that no other official artist saw a tenth part as much of the real Western Front as did Will Dyson.


  • Title: Wine of victory (German prisoners captured at Ypres)
  • Creator: Will Dyson
  • Date Created: 1918
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Physical Dimensions: 46.5 x 58.7 cm (image) 52.0 x 78.0 cm (sheet)
  • Provenance: Gift of the Australian War Memorial, 2015
  • External Link: Shrine of Remembrance
  • Medium: lithograph

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