Cover design for 'Angry Penguins'

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number ART28283
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 26 x 19.4 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and brown ink, brush and coloured ink washes on paper
Maker Tucker, Albert
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


This drawing shows Tucker's concern about the licentious behaviour in the blacked-out streets of Melbourne in wartime. The drunken figure of a digger sprawls with the sole of his foot outwards, and his hand in distorted perspective. At his feet lies the discarded figure of a woman, her head reduced to a surreal symbol of an eye and a crescent smile. To increase the nightmare allusion, more biomorphic shapes float in the single light of the street lamp, like moths attracted to a flame. This is the original cover design for 'Angry Penguins', 1945 issue.