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Painting of Samuel Forsyth VC


Sergeant Samuel Forsyth, VC, painted by Richard Wallwork in 1920. Forsyth earned a posthumous Victoria Cross (VC) for destroying enemy machine-gun posts during an attack on the French town of Grévillers on 24 August 1918. He was killed in action later that day.

About the artist

Englishman Richard Wallwork (1882–1955) moved to Christchurch in 1911 to take up a teaching position at the Canterbury College School of Art. He and his wife Elizabeth (also an artist) both enjoyed long and successful careers in New Zealand. A member of the Canterbury Society of Arts for 42 years, Wallwork was director of the Canterbury College School of Art from 1928 until 1945. Samuel Forsyth was one of two New Zealand VC recipients he was commissioned to paint following the First World War. The other was Richard Travis.


National Collection of War Art, Archives New Zealand
Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 458
Artist: Richard Wallwork
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Painting of Samuel Forsyth VC, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated