Monday, May 20, 2013

Auction of POW art

Working Party with typed label to verso inscribed Working Party. Bullock cart loaded with rocks and one Japanese (nicknamed Angel Face) had to be pulled three miles by five sick POWs over rocky muddy ground, slight crease marks, small tears, small holes, cellotape residue to one side

Trail of Death bearing typed label to verso inscribed Trail of Death. "Those who went before...", crease marks and associated loss, some small tears.

As reported by the Cambridge News, on Tuesday, May 21, 2012, the British auction house Rowleys will put up for sale four drawings by LEO RAWLINGS (1918-1984) a member of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Malaya tasked with defending Singapore.

Rawlings was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Signapore in 1942 and he eventually ended up working, along with many others thousands of POWS, on the construction of the notorious Thai-Burma Death Railway. He secretly recorded the experience in a series of drawings and ink washes.

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