Artist's sketchbook of drawings of HMAS Nepal, portraits and scenes onshore

Accession Number ART93105
Collection type Art
Measurement 27.8 x 38 cm (closed) 27.8 x 75.8 cm (open)
Object type Sketchbook
Physical description pencil, ink and watercolour sketchbook of 14 pages with two loose drawings on paper and two fascimiles of cartoons on paper
Maker Coburn, John
Date made 1944-45
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Bound sketchbook of 14 pages containing 11 drawings including title page and two loose sheets, five blank pages, and two fascimiles of cartoons on paper. The sketchbook was produced at the time of John Coburn's enlistment in the Royal Australian Navy during the Second World War. Whilst in the Navy he travelled around the Pacific and Indian oceans as a radio operator, drawing images from these travels. Many of the drawings represent places Coburn traveled to whilst aboard HMAS Nepal, including Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea etc. There are also images of HMAS Nepal and life aboard the vessel.

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program