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ART40983

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ID number ART40983
Title Maquette for 'Simpson and his donkey 1915'
Collection Art
Object type Sculpture
Makers
  • Corlett, Peter (Artist);
  • Victoria College Foundry (Cast by);
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1986
Medium bronze
Measurement Overall: 41.5 x 25 x 36cm

Description

In 1987 sculptor Peter Corlett won a competition to design a memorial to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, a 3rd Field Ambulance stretcher-bearer who became the most prominent symbol of Australian courage and tenacity on Gallipoli. Corlett's winning design for the memorial, as shown by this maquette, is a reaffirmation of the essential ANZAC story, portraying a calm and resolved Simpson helping a wounded soldier, mounted on a donkey, on the dangerous journey to an aid post. 'Simpson and his donkey' was installed in the Memorial sculpture garden in 1988.