Gallipoli and the Anzacs

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An artist at Gallipoli – Major Hore

The drawings of Major Hore


Hundreds of soldiers in Gallipoli recorded their experiences in diaries and letters. Some also took photographs, snapshots for a personal album of Gallipoli memories. Major Hore, however, recorded his sense of Gallipoli in drawings using at different times ink, pencil, wash and watercolour. He worked on small pieces of paper measuring in the main 13 x 17 cms or 12.5 x 55 cms. Hore does not seem at the time to have titled individual works but he wrote notes on them in pencil. These notes indicate place names and explain particular features of the scene. Later, Hore seems to have added, in pen, further annotations, some titles and his own initials.

Hore’s drawings reveal a personal view of Gallipoli through the eyes of a man sensitive to the beauty and drama off his surroundings and the tragedy of war. These works have lain largely unseen in the Mitchell Library since c.1919. The annotations that Hore made on them now require some explanation to bring out their significance. Hore’s 44 Gallipoli drawings are in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, at catalogue numbers PXE 702 and PXE 703.

Presented here are 25 of Hore’s drawings with accompanying notes and contemporary sources such as documents and passages from publications. These passages have been chosen to assist in the interpretation of features of Galllipoli that Hore portrayed in his drawings. Where a drawing currently has no notes they may be added later.