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'Cercottes', 10 October 1914

Pencil drawing, signed and dated lower left, by Paul Sarrut (1882-1969), 1914.

Three Indian soldiers by a tent, with mule lines in the background. Cercotte is located in the Loiret Department of France.

Paul Sarrut served in the French Army during World War One (1914-1918) and was posted to the British Army as a Military Liaison Officer and interpreter for the French, Indian and British troops on the Western Front.

The Indian Army Corps started to arrive in Marseille in late September 1914, and from 1 October 1914 Sarrut sketched their arrival, life in camp and departure for the Western Front.

In 1915 Sarrut moved up to the front and continued to sketch the Indian soldiers there. The Indian corps was sent to Mesopotamia in November 1915.

After the War, Sarrut had a selection of his drawings engraved and issued as a portfolio 'British and Indian Troops in Northern France, 70 War Sketches, 1914-1915', published by H Delépine of Arras, France, in about 1920.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2021-03-5-1-1


Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund.

Art Fund


Copyright: The Estate of Paul Sarrut


National Army Museum, Study collection

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