Fog bank across the prairie

Place North & Central America: Canada
Accession Number ART21965
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 33 cx 50.7 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour with pen and ink over pencil on paper
Maker Warner, R Malcolm
Place made Canada
Date made September 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Warm and cold fronts moving across the prairies produce many varied flying conditions. Vast fog-banks, looking like a mountain range, move majestically along, casting gloomy shadows ahead as the sun gets lower. Flying has to be 'washed' until the front passes. In these areas are a number of flying schools operated under the Empire Air Training Scheme and many Australians have learned flying under these conditions. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of the RAAF in Canada, United States and the Bahamas. His first mission was in Papua New Guinea recording Australian operation against the Japanese. In 1945 Warner continued to work as a war artist recording civil and industrial war efforts and food production in areas of New South Wales and Victoria. After the war he returned to commercial art, designing posters, murals and postage stamps and illustrating books.

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