Lighthouse at Cooktown

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland, North Queensland, Cape York, Cooktown
Accession Number ART25623
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 17.8 x 30.5 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker Curtis, R Emerson
Place made Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Cape York, Cooktown
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


The lighthouse throws its beam over the Coral Sea and returns, after four years, to its peacetime coat of paint. From August 1945 in his capacity as official war artist Emerson Curtis undertook a three month tour of Queensland. Travelling mostly by train he captured a rich visual record of the extensive wartime activities, people and industry of this ' frontier ' state.