ART23183

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ID number ART23183
Title Blind
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made New Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Finisterre Ranges
Date made March - April 1944
Medium pen, ink and wash on paper
Measurement overall: 25.2 cm x 16 cm

Description

Showing a casualty of the 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion being helped to the dressing station at Ramu Valley. Dargie noted:
"This was one of the most affecting sights I have seen. Around a narrow path on the cliff face, the blind man was guided by one of his mates. There was something infinitely helpless in the way he felt with one foot at the rocks that moved or rolled as he trod on them, found a firm foothold, and then carefully moved his other foot forward. I think that his mate must have told him that this was a place to go carefully: down at the side of them was a deep drop of loose earth and stones. At the time I saw them, they had a long way to go to the dressing station".