ID numberART28104
Collection typeArt
TitlePrisoners gardening at Changi, 1942
MeasurementOverall: 34.4 x 48 cm Frame: 41.3 x 52.7cm
Object typePainting
MakerGriffin, Murray
Place madeSingapore: Changi
Date made1942
Physical descriptionoil on wood
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionLandscape looking south to the Singapore Harbour in the distance. In the foreground right and centre groups of prisoners are engaged in gardening to grow their own food. In the foreground left a prisoner is picking hibiscus leaves that were used as an antidote for scurvy. In the middle distance are stylised trees and buildings camouflaged with tar. According to S Piddington the work was painted on a piece of teak door and concealed in the walls of Changi prison. The work was substantially repainted by the artist late 1977. Signwriting on back of board is by Don Evans in 1977.