Sleeping Birdy: the morning after the night before

Place Middle East: Persian Gulf
Accession Number ART91769
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 40 x 35 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on hardboard
Maker Churcher, Peter
Place made Persian Gulf
Date made 11 February 2002
Conflict Period 2000-2009
Afghanistan, 2001-

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Figure of a sleeping sailor, ABATA (Able Seaman Aviation Technician Airframe) McNamara sits slumped over after four days leave in Dubai. Peter Churcher recalled, "The ship sets off after four days leave in Dubai. Most of the guys have 'lived it up' on their last night of freedom, ignoring the fact that they start the next day, business as usual, 6.30am. The effects have made themselves known the next day around the ship".

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