|Measurement||Overall: 18.5 x 19.2 x 13.9 cm|
|Physical description||watercolour, paper, cottonwool, cotton thread|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London|
|Date made||c. 1917-1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright
A native of Woolloomooloo
Paper sculpture of a convalescing soldier, with crutches and a broken leg, seated on a park bench with an elderly English civilian dressed in top hat and tails, with his walking stick alongside him. The text on the base refers to Englishman's lack of awareness about exclusive Australian locations and the amusement the Australian accent could create in such an exchange. Gladys Blaiberg didn't work at the Australian Forces canteen until 1917. While it's likely she still encountered Australian servicemen before that time, it is likely she didn't start to produce caricatures of them until being amongst them more regularaly. In 1917 the Adelphi Theatre in London was taken over by the Australian High Commission. Whilst working there Blaiberg made the small scale sculptures of the Australian soldiers during the First World War.