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The former was purchased by Lord Woolavington for guineas and presented to the Australian government Australian War Memorial in When this painting was exhibited in it created a sensation and reproductions were sold in great s. Longstaff, a skilful and innovative camouflage worker, took plane flights to note effects from the air.
View the front s for Volume The painting met the need of many at the time to remember those who had died and the contemporary interest in spiritualism. Will was educated at Grenville College, Ballarat, studied art at the Ballarat School of Mines, and had experience as a jackaroo.
He later went to Europe where he continued his art studies, attending the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London in On his return to Victoria he taught art privately and in with Leslie Wilkie.
Australian War Memorial, J He was a cousin of Sir John Longstaff. In he was littlehampton in the Royal Academy of Arts annual exhibition by a watercolour 'Somme Valley'. His thoroughness contributed to successful concealment of allied activity before the offensive of 8 August and probably saved many lives. He painted many unambitious views of the Sussex site, exhibiting with the Society of Australian Artists, London, in Will Longstaff is best known for his large, popular, allegorical paintings of ghostly fallen soldiers dating battlefields, such as 'Menin Gate at Midnight' 'Ghosts of Menin Gate'and the 'Immortal Shrine' 'Eternal Silence'.
He subsequently moved to Sussex, where he lived quietly with his second wife and two children while maintaining a London studio. In June he was billeted with Arthur Streeton and on occasion they worked side by side painting such scenes as Amiens Cathedral and the salvage dump at Glisy. Longstaff and his wife Eliza Mary lived at Eltham.
After the war Longstaff ed the group of artists who worked for the Australian War Records Section at its St John's Wood studio, London, preparing material for display in the proposed Australian War Memorial; these included paintings depicting the battle of 8 August and the breaking of the Hindenburg line 25 September. Longstaff was invalided to England in October and next year was selected for camouflage training and attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters as divisional artist under the Australian Records Section war art scheme.