ART27646

Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial,
Creative Commons License This image is licensed under CC BY-NC

ID number ART27646
Title Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Artist Dargie, William
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1969
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement overall: 102.1 cm x 76.7 cm

Description

Formal portrait of General Sir Thomas Blamey, CB, CMG, DSO, Deputy Commander in Chief Middle East Forces and General Commanding AIF. Blamey was a former school teacher who turned to the Army and rose to become Australia's only Field Marshal. During the Second World War, Blamey was appointed to command the 6th Division. Returning to Australia in 1942 he became Commander-in-Chief, Australian Military Forces and Commander Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific. Blamey retired in 1945 but in May 1951, shortly before his death, was recalled to the active list and created Field Marshal.