A native of Woolloomooloo

Accession Number ART40956
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 18.5 x 19.2 x 13.9 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description watercolour, paper, cottonwool, cotton thread
Maker Blaiberg, Gladys
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made c. 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


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.