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The artist, Edgar Bundy, was a well-known British historical and genre painter. The Canadian War Memorials Fund commissioned him to paint two large canvases, one of which depicted the first landing of Canadians in France.
The title of the work refers to their arrival in the French port of Saint-Nazaire in February 1915. The Division consisted of 18,500 men, many of whom were very young recruits. On the waterfront, the pipe band of The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders of Canada), led by Pipe-Major David Manson, plays the troops ashore. The steamship Novian, which transported the troops from England, is seen in the background. To the right, officers, troops and townspeople watch the arrival.