Able Seaman

Collection ID ART23212
Collection type Art
Title Able Seaman
Measurement sheet: 50 x 37.6 cm; image: 50 x 37.6 cm
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 21 June 2017
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

Portrait of a sailor reclining. Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, was posted as a gunner to the artillery unit near Albury. In 1945, Friend was selected for appointment as official war artist. He travelled to Morotai, Labuan and Balikpapan, recording sights which confronted him and drawing in particular on the expressive potential of human form. Friend was extraordinarily prolific, producing 53 paintings and 143 drawings for the Memorial.

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