The rescue

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea
Accession Number ART91501
Collection type Art
Measurement image: 115 x 153 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pastel and synthetic polymer paint on paper
Maker Senbergs, Jan
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1998
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Jan Senbergs collaborated with Col Madigan, one of the Armidale survivors to create this work which forms part of a series of ten pastel drawings depicting the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. After surviving on the ship's whaler for eight days at sea, twenty-seven exhausted men were taken aboard HMAS Kalgoorlie. The sense of a communal struggle for survival is strongly conveyed in this work through the faceless mass of bodies which are shown desperately trying to climb aboard the rescue ship.