Dinah - wrecked Japanese bomber

Place Asia: Malaysia, Labuan
Accession Number ART22177
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 26 x 38.8 cm; image: 25.6 x 37.6 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and ink, brush and wash on paper mounted on card
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Malaysia: Labuan
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


Depicts a wrecked Japanese bomber on the air strip at Labuan, Borneo. In 1942, Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, was posted as a gunner to the artillery unit near Albury. In 1945, Friend was selected for appointment as official war artist. He travelled to Morotai, Labuan and Balikpapan, recording sights which confronted him and drawing in particular on the expressive potential of human form. Friend was extraordinarily prolific, producing 53 paintings and 143 drawings for the Memorial.