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ID number ART30268.013
Title Cement workers graving dock construction, October 1943
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker McClintock, Herbert (Artist)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1943
Medium brown ink wash with pen and ink heightened with white over black pencil on paper
Measurement overall: 37 x 27.4 cm


Three workers guide a cement structure, attached to a crane, at Sydney Graving Dock. Other cement workers stand in surrounding areas of concentrated construction. In the background more cement workers toil in higher-level structures. McClintock's focus on the immensity of these structures is demonstrative of the scale of the project being undertaken. The artist also utilises social realism as a means to facilitate the viewer's appreciation of the co-operation between workers.