|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Medium||pen and coloured wash on paper|
|Measurement||Overall: 52 x 68.5 cm|
The artist had six weeks to pass in Melbourne after his initial kitting out, and a further month in Sydney before his departure for New Guinea. He used his time to complete a number of drawings and paintings, many of which were based on the idea from the fourteen illustrated in dairies he had completed since his enlistment in 1942. The original sketch for 'Kitchen picquet', was drawn in camp Greta in 1943 and was later published in Painter's Journal as, 'Men warming themselves'. The original image was worked into a coloured ink drawing and finally an oil painting on hardboard.