Study for Group of Dutch servicemen

Accession Number ART26048
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 91.4 x 76 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on hardboard
Maker Dargie, William
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

In this study for the painting 'Group of Dutch servicemen', William Dargie has recorded the typical appearance of men of the three Dutch military services in Australia. While the sailor and air force officer appear to be European, the soldier of the KNIL (Royal East Indonesian Army) is clearly an Indonesian, and carries the traditional Klewang, or cutlass, in his left hand.