Spray painting an RAAF Airspeed Oxford

Accession Number ART23399
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 69.5 cm x 79.7 cm; Unframed: 51.2 cm x 61.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil, charcoal on canvas
Maker Ragless, Max
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Essendon
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Ragless depicts an RAAF Airspeed Oxford being spray painted deep red, aluminium and bright yellow by Ansett Airways Ltd staff. 'With all three colours being applied at once/ and the job done out of doors, this made a most/colourfull [sic] subject/' April 1945 (Ragless quote). Ragless was an official war artist commissioned from April 1945 to Dec 1945 and was re-engaged in May 1946 to finish work.