Romani

Places
Accession Number ART41024
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 600 x 863 x 500 cm; height of largest figure: 52 cm; height of smallest figure: 18 cm
Object type Diorama
Physical description figures: dry colour on lead; backgrounds: synthetic polymer paint; modelling: dry colour on plaster over wood and wire armature; plaster Base repaired with fibreglass matting
Maker Anderson, Wallace
McCubbin, Louis
Modelling Sub-section, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1927-1929
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

The sculptor Wallace Anderson was chosen to work on 'Romani' as he had been to the battlefields to collect information and had served in the First World War. The diorama shows the Australian counter attack against the Turkish forces on the long dune of Mount Meredith on 4 August 1916. It records a turning point in the operations of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. The Turks were routed and as a result their advance through the Sinai towards the Suez Canal was checked. 'Romani' took over two years to complete, with Louis McCubbin painting the background and models. The figures were cast in 1930 - 1931. It was restored in 1971, with a new background by George Browning inserted obscuring the original McCubbin painting. It was again restored and repainted by George Browning, assisted by Rob Slater, in 1987.