Not titled [Soldier reading]
ID numberART93286
Collection typeArt
TitleNot titled [Soldier reading]
Measurementsheet: 20.4 x 23.4 cm; image: 10.6 x 12.6 cm (irregular)
Object typeDrawing
MakerDrysdale, Russell
Place madeAustralia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made1944
Physical descriptionpen and ink on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts a portrait of an unidentified soldier, seated on the ground, reading a letter. The soldier is drawn wearing a slouch hat and surrounded by his personal belongings.

This drawing was made for the publication 'Soldier Superb: The Australian Fights in New Guinea' by Allan Dawes, 1943. The drawing relates to the emotional effect of receiving letters from home had on servicemen, described by Dawes as 'more galvanic than a victory in battle'. Drysdale's illustration captures with intimacy the moment of a soldier reading a letter. The man sits deeply absorbed by the words of his loved ones.