|Place||Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea|
|Measurement||image: 115 x 153 cm|
|Physical description||synthetic polymer paint, pastel on paper|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
Separation of the raft and the whaler
Jan Senbergs collaborated with Col Madigan, one of the Armidale survivors to create this work which forms part of a series of ten paintings depicting the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. This work depicts the terrible moment when the survivors on the raft and whaler separated. Despite an attempted rescue by a Catalina on the eighth day, the men on the raft were tragically lost at sea. The composition is inspired by the great French history painting 'Raft of the Medusa' (1819) by Theodore Gericault.