The War-witch

Accession Number ART08292
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 50.6 x 41.8 cm; image: 46.4 x 37.2 cm (irregular)
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink with pencil on paper
Maker Lindsay, Norman
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Illustration depicts an image of a witch sitting hunched over a spinning wheel producing ammunition with a black cat at her feet. Visible in the background is a big black cauldron boiling skulls and bones. Published in the Sydney 'Bulletin' magazine on 1 November 1917, this illustration relates to a series of work generated by Lindsay for the publication during the First World War. The 'Bulletin' had by this time become quite conservative and Lindsay's wartime illustrations tended to be apocalyptic rather than satirical; the eternal forces of good against those of evil.