Sketchbook with drawings of Iraq and Malta

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      GB 70 TGA 8224/18
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      1 piece

Scope and Content

Page 1 Boswell's name and address and "1943", page 2 Exterior of army canteen, page 3 Soldiers looking at an X-ray plate, page 4 Soldiers looking at an X-ray plate. Similar to page 3 but a more finished drawing, page 5 Outdoor scene with low buildings, a tent, a lorry and an arab stacking bricks, signed and dated 1943 and titled on the back "The Mortuary", page 6 Group of soldiers gathered around the open door of a hut with a dog scavenging among rubbish, page 7 Army huts with washing line, page 8 Ruined walls of a house, page 9 Left: an arabian building kitchen beyond, page 9 Centre: Back view of a man wearing shorts, page 9 Right: Head of a man smoking a cigarette, page 10 Army lorry on the road to the "Heat Stroke Centre", page 11 Soldiers in a changing room, inscribed on back "Showerbaths", page 12 Standing arab man with a gun over his shoulder, inscribed "Chowkidar", page 13 Operating theatre with two surgeons and a nurse operating on a patient's leg, inscribed "Steinman pin going in", page 14 back and page 15 back Sick bay on board a ship, with sleeping figures, page 16 Four men standing by a large vat; one is pouring the contents of a drum into the vat while two are stirring with long poles. They are possibly doing their laundry. The drawing is inscribed "Cheese Pie", page 17 Two men doing their washing, inscribed "Washing day in a transport", page 18 Man lying on his back asleep, page 19 Hospital scene with patients on stretchers giving information to seated officers, page 20 Cloaked arab figure seen from behind, page 21 top: Seated man playing a guitar, page 21 bottom: Seated man stirring a cooking pot on the ground, page 22 Convoy of army lorries on the road, page 23 top: Landscape with tree and huts, page 23 centre: Stonemasons, page 23 bottom: Lorries in a built up area, inscribed "Malta '43", page 24 Harbour scene, page 25 Camp site, inscribed "Birzerta '43", page 26 Open tent with figure inside, page 27 Soldier in shorts with hands in pockets talking to an unfinished female figure, page 28 Blank, page 29 Standing soldier smoking a cigarette. This drawing has been stuck into the sketchbook. The page is inscribed "Malta 43", pages 30-46 Blank.