The Soldiers Walk, Queens Domain, Hobart
 

 

Memorabilia
The art of Keith Eltham

These items have been reproduced with the permission of Roslyn Budd and the Eltham family.

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Travelling paint box used by Keith Eltham, made in London and including his name card.

Travelling paint box used by Keith Eltham, made in London and including his name card.

Watercolour of Aden done from memory

Watercolour of Aden done from memory

Small watercolour of barbed wire (place unknown). The cover of the pocket book can be seen clearly.
Small watercolour of barbed wire (place unknown). The cover of the pocket book can be seen clearly.

Hand printed Christmas card 1915. Probaly made using rubber blocks and basic blue and red ink.

Hand printed Christmas card 1915. Probaly made using rubber blocks and basic blue and red ink.

Back of Christmas card 1915. The colour patch is for 1st Division Artillery units.

Back of Christmas card 1915. The colour patch is for 1st Division Artillery units.

Professionally printed Christmas card 1916. The illustration is by Keith in ink.

Professionally printed Christmas card 1916. The illustration is by Keith in ink.

Cover of the 1916 Christmas card.

Cover of the 1916 Christmas card.

A sketch of the Gallipoli positions later published in the Tasmanian Mail.
A sketch of the Gallipoli positions later published in the Tasmanian Mail. The note in the bottom left corner reads "I must add for realism that being sniped at by some inartistic Turk caused me to finish sketch rather hurriedly - so any crookedness in the Aiming Posts can be credited to Kaiser Bill as usual - Query - 'Should [obscure] make Turkish Delight?" The note to the bottom right reads "Two cases of "Johnnie Walker" washed up on the Beach Inside M. Turks lines. So sad! Out of reach!. The remainder of the captions point out Trukish batteries, trench lines and observation points. The aiming posts were used by artillery observers to mark and adjust the fall of shot. This and the "Melbourne Mansion" skecth therefore had a very practical purpose for Keith and other observers.
This scene of North beach at Gallipoli inlcudes the graves of two Tasmanians kiled at the landing.
This scene of North beach at Gallipoli inlcudes the graves of two Tasmanians kiled at the landing.
The Lille Gate in Ypres, and fairly typical of Keith's pen work.
The Lille Gate in Ypres, and fairly typical of Keith's pen work.
A highly detailed colour drawing of the line near Fromelles
A highly detailed colour drawing of the line near Fromelles listing main aiming points, topogrpahical features and divided laterally by degrees of deviation from a central firing point. A wonderful aid to a forward observer himself at a fixed point. The name refers to a fortified position used for observing the battle area.
A lovely pen drawing of a scene at Mena in Egypt.
A lovely pen drawing of a scene at Mena in Egypt.
A small pencil sketch. The cover and depth of the paokcet book can be clearly seen.
A small pencil sketch. The cover and depth of the pokcet book can be clearly seen.
An example of Keith's cartoons.
An example of Keith's cartoons.
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