Operation in a field hospital
ID numberART22385
Collection typeArt
TitleOperation in a field hospital
Measurementframed: 55.4 x 60.6 cm; unframed: 39.2 x 45.6 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNew Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Port Moresby
Date madeFebruary 1944
Physical descriptionoil on canvas on hardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts an unidentified surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant (all from the Australian Army Medical Service) and patient preparing for a surgical procedure in a field hospital, New Guinea. Dargie noted, "This sketch was painted more or less unseriously from one of the 'freak' photographs sent to Capt Nicholson. It is done in a slightly 'Dobellish' technique, but the proportions of the figures have not been sufficiently exaggerated. Perhaps I shall do another of the same sort but more so, before I leave this week, to show that even such a dull realist as myself can distort as well as the next man if he wants to."