ART03605.011.004

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ID number ART03605.011.004
Title A Turkish prisoner
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George (Artist)
Place made At sea
Date made 22 April 1915
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; image: 16.5 x 10.5 cm

Description

Sketch on a leaf torn from a small sketchpad, depicting a head study of a Turkish prisoner. The inscription reads: 'A Turkish prisoner who was being examined on the HQ's troopship'. Benson has also indicated that the prisoner's fez hat was green. An additional inscription suggests conflicting attitudes towards the Turkish: 'Our friend, the enemy'. This is one of a series of sketches Benson made while aboard the SS Minnewaska, travelling from Alexandria to Lemnos Island on Easter Saturday, 1915.