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ID number ART26663
Title Sergeant in the Royal Papuan Constabulary
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Artist Dargie, William
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Port Moresby
Date made 14 January 1944
Medium oil on canvas on hardboard
Measurement overall: 45.6 x 39.4 cm


Portrait of a New Guinean Sergeant in the Royal Papuan Constabulary, who had served for over twenty years. Dargie noted, "This portrait was done simply as a demonstration-lecture on how to paint a portrait, and was given before troops who were interested in such things at the AES [Army Education Service] establishment in Port Moresby. AES had gone to considerable trouble to cater for soldiers in the area who want to study drawing and painting. This lecture was given to initiate a series of classes in drawing the human figure from life, to be held very Friday night. Since the first night, with the held of Pte Alan Baker, I have gone to each class to give whatever assistance I could by teaching, and I have always found the room to be so crowded that it was almost impossible to move around among the students. It was very pleasant to discover three of my old pupils among the troops present. Each of the two badges on the blue tunic of the native Sergeant indicates ten years consecutive service."