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Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee, 1947. Museums Sheffield
Italian Prisoner with Eye Trouble
Date Made/Found: 1943
Artist: Robert Sargent Austin , British, 1895 - 1973
Material and Medium: charcoal on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 1031 x 803 x 21mm Image size: 748 x 545mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.1831
This drawing shows a nurse flushing the eye of an Italian prisoner. The Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service was at the heart of nursing in wartime. The service employed hundreds of women to help in hospitals across the world. Robert Austin recorded the wartime roles of women in the Royal Air Force and in the nursing services. He mainly worked in charcoal during the war, enabling him to create very quick drawings. The nurses couldn’t stop their work while they were being drawn; instead the artists had to work extremely quickly.
Display Location: In Store
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