Able Seaman
ID numberART23212
Collection typeArt
TitleAble Seaman
Measurementsheet: 50 x 37.6 cm; image: 50 x 37.6 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerFriend, Donald
Place made
  • Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
  • Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made1945
Physical descriptionpen and ink, brush and coloured ink on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionPortrait 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.