Shared Experience: Art and War
Early Morning P.T.
Based on sketches completed in Petawawa, Ontario, in 1940, the painting was preceded by an approximately half-size, highly-worked pencil cartoon (held by the Art Gallery of Vancouver). In a 1979 interview, Hughes recalled his war service as an official artist:
I was working day and night. In fact sometimes I was working so hard I was wishing that I was a combat soldier … they at least had a lot of time off to rest … I had no time to rest. As soon as I woke up in the morning, I had to be looking for subject matter continuously … until dark.