Crowds dancing, Kings Cross, Sydney

Crowds dancing, Kings Cross, Sydney
Donald Friend
Crowds dancing, Kings Cross, Sydney

pen and coloured ink, brush and wash, crayon with scratching back, pencil on paper
51.1 x 68cm
ART23203

On VE Day Friend went in search of revelry, only to be disappointed. However, the following evening he found “an amazing scene”.

When I got home I made drawings of it … I’m afraid the war art people will loathe them. I guess they’ll dislike all my stuff: it’s probably destined to moulder for a century or so in the cellars until some subsequent war unearths it as antique bellicose curiosa or “a superb national heritage” or something.