26 October 1941
Oil on canvas
205 x 85cm
While going through some old things that belonged to my father I came across a tiny, cracked black and white photo of my uncle Ted and his mates in Egypt. I found the image very inspiring and used it as the focus in my painting. I couldn’t help thinking of how strange this place must have felt. Five very young men, a million miles from home going into war.
Their future uncertain in a very ancient land.
Written in ink on the back of the photo –
Edward Preece (holding the camel) Sunday, 26 – 10 – 41