Time mine

Accession Number ART95084
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 39.1 x 57.1 cm; Image: 35.4 x 38.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil with brush and wash, heightened with white on paper
Maker Mahony, Will
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made July 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Designed to be published in a daily newspaper, this drawing depicts a sea mine representing Japan, floating in the Pacific Ocean. Rays are visible behind the mine, so that the image is similar to the Japanese Rising Sun battle flag. It was made about five months before the Allied nations declared war on Japan, and reflects the atmosphere and sense of impending conflict that was building in regards to Japanese military activity in 1941.