ID numberART29754
Collection typeArt
Title(Harold Herbert with portrait of Sir Thomas Blamey)
MeasurementOverall: 25.6 x 20.6 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeAustralia
Date made1944
Physical descriptionbrush and pen and ink over pencil with white on cream paper on card
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionDepicts the artist, Harold Herbert (made recognisable as such by the drawing and painting implements stuck in his hat) looking at a portrait he has drawn of Sir Thomas Blamey. The General was a friend of the donor's grandfather, Jack Alston Wallace. Harold Herbert was also friends with Blamey - his friendship with the General led to his appointment as Official War Artist in 1941. Blamey served in the First World War, and was an enthusiastic early adopter of technology - he introduced the periscope rifle and mustard gas into the arsenal of the AIF troops. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1939, and was involved in many key campaigns,fighting against a variety of Axis powers, from the Vichy French in Syria to the Japanese in the Pacific region.