ID number ART25028
Title Driver washing his jeep in a sidewater of the river, Upper Ramu Valley
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made New Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Ramu River Area
Date made March 1944
Medium watercolour on prepared artists board
Measurement Overall: 55.4 cm x 38.6 cm; Image: 29.4 x 38.6


An Australian soldier is pictured standing naked and waist deep in the river, where he has driven in his jeep to be washed. Dargie has noted, "Here the river runs over a bed of waterworn pebbles, the solid residue of the volcanic agglomerate washed from the mountains. On either side are the swamps and flats of kunai grass, peaceful looking places wherein the other war against fever and typhus must still be fought. This sketch was made towards evening, and in a few minutes the nude driver at work on his vehicle must be fully clothed. The blue mass of the Finisterre Range is in the distance".