Sketch for 'Erecting Camouflage Tree, Menangle'

William DOBELL: artist

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About the work

Menangle Park, a racecourse near Camden, NSW, was converted into a military base in the Second World War. It provided training facilities for troops and had an airstrip laid through the centre of the racetrack. As with other military establishments in Australia, it was carefully camouflaged with the use of false buildings, roads and trees to disguise it as a farm and confuse possible enemy air attacks. Dobell’s employment with the Civil Construction Corps allowed him to record the male figure at work, and in this sketch Dobell’s energetic lines record the force exerted by the men as they haul a dummy tree into position.
Sketch for 'Erecting Camouflage Tree, Menangle'
Artist/Maker and role
William DOBELL: artist
c 1944
pen and ink
23.5 x 26 cm
Credit line
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Durack
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the drawings in our collection.