Head study (Lyndon Dadswell)

Unit 2nd Australian Imperial Force
Place Middle East: Syria
Accession Number ART21899
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 48.5 x 33.3 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description charcoal on paper
Maker Hele, Ivor
Place made Egypt: Cairo, Heliopolis
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Portrait depicting the official war artist Corporal Lyndon Dadswell 2 Australian Imperial Force, 7th Australian Division. Lyndon Dadswell, one of Australia's most accomplished sculptors, was the first sculptor to be appointed an official war artist during the Second World War. Dadswell enlisted in the 2nd Division AIF in August 1940 and fought in Greece, Libya and Syria where he was seriously wounded on 22 June 1941. After recuperating he was promoted to lieutenant and commissioned as an official war artist. He worked at the AIF's Middle East headquarters in Cairo, where he shared a studio for some time with Ivor Hele. He returned to Australia in 1942, and resigned from his commission as an official artist in December.