Hal Hattam

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Sussex, Eastbourne
Accession Number ART93287
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 45 x 37.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Date made 15 August 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a portrait of Dr Howard (Hal) Hattam in uniform, painted while he was stationed at Gowrie House in Eastbourne, Sussex, to assist medically with the repatriation of Australian POWs. The artist, Stella Bowen, was here as an official war artist to represent the activities of the Australian servicemen who had been prisoners of war in Europe. The portrait is a solemn depiction of a man aged 32, whose eyes belie his years. Having served over four years in the Middle East, New Guinea and then Sussex, Hattam carries a war-weary expression in this portrait; his eyes seem tired from all that he has witnessed and experienced.