Landing at Gallipoli
New Zealand troops were part of the Allied invasion force that landed at what soon became known as Anzac Cove.
For eight long months New Zealanders, Australians and troops from Britain and France battled harsh conditions and resolute Ottoman opponents who were desperately fighting to protect their homeland.
By the time the campaign ended, some 125,000 men had died: more than 80,000 Ottoman Turks and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including 8500 Australians and 2721 New Zealanders (about a fifth of those who landed on the peninsula).
In the history of the Great War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark. The number of dead, although horrific, paled in comparison with the casualties in France and Belgium. But for New Zealand, Australia and Turkey, the Gallipoli campaign left a lasting impression on the national psyche.
(Source: NZHistory, www.nzhistory.net.nz/landing-of-nz-troops-at-gallipoli-tu...)
This painting is part of the National Collection of War Art held by Archives New Zealand.
The National Collection of War Art is composed of about 1,500 artworks, including portraits, battle scenes, landscapes and abstracts, depicting those who served New Zealand in times of war, and the arenas in which they served.
It includes both official pieces of war art, by artists formally commissioned by the New Zealand government, and other unofficial art works that were acquired by or donated to the collection.
The majority of artworks in the collection depict World War One and World War Two, however official war art continues to be commissioned by the New Zealand Defence Force up to the present day.
TITLE: The landing at ANZAC, April 25 1915
ARTIST: Charles Dixon
MEDIUM/SUPPORT: Oils on canvas
DIMENSIONS: 1198 x 1962mm
Archives New Zealand reference: AAAC 898 NCWA Q388
Charles Dixon (1872-1934) was an English artist who specialised in marine scenes, working in both oils and watercolours. He is probably best known for his depictions of activity on the Thames River in London, but he is also known for his paintings of major events in maritime history.
Material from Archives New Zealand