ID number ART30054
Title Tomahawk
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Herbert, Harold (Artist)
Place made British Mandate of Palestine: Palestine, Rosh Pinna
Date made 1941
Medium watercolour over pencil heightened with white on paper
Measurement overall: 37.4 x 51 cm


Depicts a Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk fighter in the foreground with two British airplanes in the middleground at Rosh Pinna, Palestine (now in Israel). The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon. The artist wrote: '...No 3 Squadron RAAF - advanced aerodrome at Rosh Pinna...the aerodrome is surrounded by eucalyptus saplings among which the personnel of the camp live under canvas. Arid hills are the setting.' According to Jewish Kabbalah tradition, this is the location where the Messiah will appear at the end of the world.