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ID number ART22385
Title Operation in a field hospital
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Port Moresby
Date made February 1944
Medium oil on canvas on hardboard
Measurement framed: 55.4 x 60.6 cm; unframed: 39.2 x 45.6 cm


Depicts 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."