Oils on stretched canvas framed in Victorian Ash
81 x 81cm
From the perspective that a wounded soldier might first have seen him, this piece honours Duffy and Private John Simpson’s rescue missions at Gallipoli.
Painted in the blocked-in style war time artists would have used before returning to camp to add the finer details, the donkey symbolises peace, service and loyalty. The colour palette is deliberately optimistic and aims to draw in young and older viewers alike to commemorate comradeship in all its forms. The shadow of the Red Cross in the top right-hand corner is deliberately dreamlike, to convey the disbelief and wonder of the wounded when seeing the stretcher bearer.