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ID number ART26048
Title Study for Group of Dutch servicemen
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1943
Medium oil on hardboard
Measurement Overall: 91.4 x 76 cm


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.