War Art – Darwin 1942-1943

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Murch was recruited to the war effort and served as an official war artist in Darwin. The Australian War Memorial records:

“In April 1942 he was called up by the government to work at Slazenger’s Munitions Annexe at Botany on the design for the butt of the Owen gun. Three months later he was appointed an official war artist. He was paid two guineas per day, had the status of an officer without rank, and all his drawing and painting materials were supplied by the Memorial.”

Murch completed 45 works  – paintings and drawings on assignment.

Read more details of Murch’s engagement as a war artist and see his artworks at the Australian War Memorial site

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War ship, Darwin 1942 Oil on board, 38 x 35cm Murch Estate

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Military Men Darwin 1942 Oil stencil on canvas 47 x 46cm Murch Estate

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Military Aircraft, Darwin 1942 Oil on canvas 44 x 33cm Murch Estate

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Study for Two Up, Darwin 1942 Pencil on paper Murch Estate