Waiting for cook 'ouse

Collection ID ART03605.004.002
Collection type Art
Title Waiting for cook 'ouse
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; image: 17.6 x 15.6 cm
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 21 June 2017
Copyright AWM Licensed copyright

Depicts a queue of mess orderlies in uniform lining up with tin buckets for their meat rations at the 'No. 1 Troopdeck Cookhouse', while another cook, wearing a cap, drags two large tubs of vegetables along the deck of the ship. Inscription to the left of the sketch reads: 'The Cook House was a temporary [structure?] on the main deck and the mess orderlies laid up and received the meat from the cook and vegetables from the gentleman with the tubs, under the supervision of the orderly officer of the day'. The exact location in which this drawing was executed is unknown, but it likely to have been at sea.

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