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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Study for Canadians Entering Mons #18 (boy waving)
Maker: Inglis Sheldon-Williams
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: pencil and watercolour on paper
Measurements: overall: 31.5 cm x 24 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.76

Extended Label Info: Inglis Sheldon-Williams served as an artist for Canada in the First World War, in the war artist program. This series of drawings was sketched on-site in Belgium as preparation for the painting entitled, “The Return to Mons”. The painting, now part of the Canadian War Museum Collection, documents Belgian civilians and Canadian troops celebrating in the town square at Mons, shortly after the city's liberation from German forces in 1918. Mons had been the site of the first battle fought by the British Army in the WW1, and when the British were forced to retreat, the town was occupied by German forces until the final days of the war. The Canadian Corps liberated the city during the two days prior to the end of World War I. The Armistice was declared on November 11th in 1918, at 11 a.m. (Henry) Inglis (Jodrell) Sheldon-Williams (1879-1940) was born in Hampshire, England. The son of a landscape painter, Sheldon-Williams immigrated to Canada in 1887 with his mother and sister and settled in Cannington Manor, Saskatchewan. He returned to England to study at the Slade School of Art, and went on to travel extensively in South Africa, India and Europe, producing drawings and watercolor illustrations for London periodicals. In 1899, he joined the British army and while serving in South Africa in the Boer War, he sketched the events he witnessed. In 1913, Sheldon-Williams returned to Saskatchewan to live in Regina and was regularly commissioned to paint portraits of many prominent Canadians. In 1916, he helped establish the Art Department at Regina College. During World War I he left Regina to serve as an official Canadian war artist, and in the post-war years, resettled in Europe.